In 1998, more than a decade before he started winning Outstanding Writing Emmys and getting nominated in the Best Directing category, Louis C.K. made a black-and-white movie called Tomorrow Night. (Three years later he’d make Pootie Tang, an experience so flustering that C.K. hasn’t put together another film since.) Now C.K. will use the $5 direct-purchase model he pioneered with his stand-up specials to sell Tomorrow Night through his website. No exact word on a release date yet, although it sounds like February. The film features newbies Steve Carell and Amy Poehler, Conan O’Brien in a cameo as himself, Wanda Sykes, J.B. Smoove, and Todd Barry.
“It never got released, ever — it was a black-and-white movie and when I made it, I wasn’t anybody. It was shrewd. It’s the last black-and-white movie ever made,” C.K. told Jay Leno, adding that Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Denis Leary, and Brett Butler each lent him $10,000 to fund the project. The film went to Sundance before fizzling into obscurity. As you can see from the trailer below, there’s a decent chance Louie’s anachronistic style was already blossoming back in ’98. And even if the through line isn’t evident at all — if the movie’s more of a full-length absurdist experiment, and that’s why it never got released — you’ll at least get to see a guy doing a very weird thing with a huge bowl of ice cream. Anything to distract you until Louie’s fourth season shows up.