(April 18, 2002 – Burbank, CA) - Principal photography is now underway in New York City on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Analyze That,” the sequel to the 1999 hit comedy “Analyze This,” in which Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal recreate their memorable roles as mob boss Paul Vitti and his reluctant New Jersey psychiatrist Ben Sobel. The announcement was made today by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, President of Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. Lisa Kudrow (“Friends,” “Hanging Up”) reprises her original starring role as Laura Sobel, Ben’s perpetually exasperated wife. Director Harold Ramis, and producers Paula Weinstein and Jane Rosenthal, the successful filmmaking team on the previous Golden Globe-nominated comedy, “Analyze This,” also reunite on “Analyze That,” with an original screenplay by Ramis, Peter Steinfeld and Peter Tolan. Billy Crystal, Barry Levinson and Chris Brigham serve as executive producers on the Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures / Face / Tribeca production. After two and a half years in prison, mafia don Paul Vitti, whose life is being threatened inside because of his mob connections, gains a conditional release into the care and custody of Ben Sobel, his anxious psychiatrist. Against a backdrop of a brewing mob war in New York, Ben tries to help Paul find gainful employment and “go straight,” while struggling with his own identity issues as a psychotherapist and unresolved conflicts over the recent death of his father. “Analyze That” will be shot entirely on locations in New York City and New Jersey. The film is scheduled for release later this year and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, an AOL Time Warner Company.
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