Kumail Nanjiani to Star in Fact-Based Spy Action Comedy ‘No Glory’

Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are among the producers on the film adapted by Sam Bain

Last Updated: February 27, 2019 @ 10:46 AM

Kumail Nanjiani will star in the upcoming fact-based spy action comedy “No Glory,” which will be adapted by Sam Bain (“Corporate Animals”).

No director is attached yet. Bain is adapting the feature based on the original manuscript of the same name. Valparaiso Picture’s David Carrico and Adam Paulsen are producing alongside Gary Sanchez Productions’ Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Will Ferrell. Valparaiso’s head of development Bobby Hoppey will executive produce. McKay and Nanjiani are overseeing the script, while 30West is co-repping the film with UTA.

The manuscript for “No Glory,” written by a former national security operative and author Scott Shephard about the operative’s time in service, was described as “The Rambunctious Patriotism and World-Wide Shenanigans of a First Generation American in the Clandestine Service of a Grateful and Mostly Unwitting Nation.”

“I can’t wait to dig into this incredible true story,” McKay said. “With Kumail at the helm this has a chance to be really ‘special,’ as Kumail likes to say.”

Valparaiso ‘s David Carrico continued: “This is the type of story that we created our company to help tell, narratives that can have broad commercial appeal without sacrificing artistry.  We found the prefect partners and storytellers in Kumail & Adam.”

Nanjiani was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for “The Big Sick,” in which he also starred with Zoe Kazan. He will next be seen in “Men in Black: International” as well as “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.”

McKay most recently wrote, directed and produced “Vice,” which was nominated for eight Academy Awards. He also directed “The Big Short,” which was also nominated for five Academy Awards and earned one.

Valparaiso Pictures recently premiered “The Sound of Silence” at Sundance 2019. Nanjiani is represented by UTA and Mosaic. Bain by UTA.  Valparaiso Pictures is repped by Craig Emanuel of Paul Hastings.

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