Good news: After years of talk, it turns out, Louis C.K. is really serious about his 1998 directorial feature, Tomorrow Night, finally seeing the light of day. In an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno last night, C.K. brought up the film, and promised that it would be released in fullon his website very, very soon—as in, next month. The announcement:
I have a movie that I made in ’98, which is 15 years ago now, it’s the first movie that I made. It’s called ‘Tomorrow Night’ and it went to Sundance and all this stuff, but it never got released, ever. And I’m putting it out for $5 on my web site. It’s a big, funny movie. And you can see it starting in February.
So, what is Tomorrow Night? In a nutshell, it was C.K.’s first directorial effort, four years before his first commercially released film, Pootie Tang. It premiered at Sundance in 1998, but failed to find a distributor, so it sat collecting dust, an urban film myth, until now. The title doesn’t exactly give us much hint about the plot, though, so let’s take a look at its official synopsis on Sundance:
Tomorrow Night chronicles the loneliness of photo-shop owner Charles, an acerbic, repressed man with an unquenchable “taste” for ice cream. His energetic and overly cheerful postman Mel convinces him that what he really needs is womanly companionship. On the other side of town is Florence, a lonely old woman with a mean, vociferous husband. When Florence isn’t being tortured by her husband, she pines away for Billy, her son in the army who hasn’t written in twenty years and who makes Gomer Pyle look like Einstein. To top it off, the only friend Florence has is Tina, a sweet yet crude and scruffy young man who dresses in old-lady drag. Tina convinces Florence that maybe she needs a little extracurricular spice in her life. Enter Charles, who gets off on the thought of a clean and orderly household, and you have a match made in heaven. From there, things get even weirder.
One look at the trailer up above, and you’ll be able to tell—”weirder” is an understatement. This trailer is downright insane. But it does feature appearances from recognizable talents like J.B. Smoove, Steve Carrell, Wanda Sykes, and Conan O’Brien.
Look out for Tomorrow Night on C.K.’s website next month.