Current “Jeopardy!” host Mayim Bialik is about to make her directorial debut!
As Deadline reported on Thursday, the rights to her film were recently picked up by Quiver Distribution.
What Is Mayim Bialik’s First Movie About?
The former “The Big Bang Theory” star wrote a dramedy about a so-called dysfunctional family. The story, which was written and directed by Bialik, follows a woman named Abigail, played by Diana Agron of “Glee” fame. Abigail is a divorced mother of two who is trying to balance her dysfunctional family while finding a new romantic partner.
Also starring in the film is “The Big Bang Theory” costar Simon Helberg who recently appeared in 2021’s musical drama “Annette.” Oscar nominee Candice Bergen from “Let Them All Talk” also stars. Two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman of “The Meyerowitz Stories” and “Rain Main” will also star.
“Black Summer” actress Justin Chu Cary, “How To Get Away With Murder” actor Charlie Weber, and Bialik’s “Call Me Kat” costar Julian Gant will also appear.
Yale Productions’ Jordan Beckerman and Jordan Yale Levine produced the film alongside Anne Clements, Michael Day, Mark Maxey, and the late Ash Christian. Quiver Distribution Co-Presidents Berry Meyerowitz and Jeff Sackman will serve as the film’s executive producers.
The film will be related in theaters and video on demand on April 8, 2022.
Mayim’s Film Is Described As A ‘Relatable Family Story’
In a joint statement, Meyerowitz and Sackman said, “We are thrilled to be able to share Mayim’s feature film debut with audiences.”
“With a stellar cast in an intelligent and funny film, this relatable family story and Mayim’s touching script will surely hit home with viewers across many generations,” they added.
Bialik herself said, “As a first-time director, it is nothing short of a dream to write for and direct a cast this accomplished, passionate, and intellectually committed to this film.”
“As They Made Us is about a family’s tumultuous and hilarious journey from chaos to serenity,” she added. “Making one’s first film is also that journey.”
Bialik has been making headlines recently due to the continued criticism of her “Jeopardy!” hosting style. She believes that most of the criticism about her hosting performance comes down to gender.
Mayim Bialik Addresses ‘Jeopardy!’ Hosting Criticism: ‘Women Are Perceived Differently’
As The Blast previously reported, the “Blossom” child star said that most of the criticism of her hosting style comes down to gender.
“I’m female, and as much as men and women can and should do the same things, women are perceived differently,” she explained.
“I stopped reading comments because some people were like, ‘She acts like she knows everything’ and other people were like ‘It’s clear she knows nothing,’” she explained. “I’m like, well, it’s one or the other or somewhere in between. In terms of that, I try not to pay attention because people have such strong opinions about ‘Jeopardy!’”
“I think the steepest learning curve is also [having] someone in your ear,” she added. “You are processing a lot of information in real time. When things go wrong, it’s hard because wrong can mean they have to reset the whole board. Wrong can be very time consuming. There’s a lot of pressure. It is a high pressure job that I do in heels.”
“It’s really, like, be yourself,” she explained. “But don’t do too much of this. Don’t do much of that. Don’t stand like that. Make sure you stand up straight. Don’t be too sexy. Don’t be not sexy.”
“In general, it’s the kind of thing I’ve needed a lot of practice, and the only way to get practice is to actually do the shows,” she added. “So I hope that I’m getting more natural, more smooth, less stupid jokes — but I can’t guarantee that.”
Although she is been sharing hosting duties of regular gameplay with “Jeopardy!” Greatest of All Time tournament winner Ken Jennings, Bialik has been hosting many of the show’s recent tournaments. She hosted the show’s first-ever Professor’s tournament in 2021 and is currently hosting the National College Championship tournament on ABC primetime.
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) February 10, 2022