The full letter published by Searchlight reads as follows:
Dear Cast and Crew of Being Mortal,
We know you’re all concerned about recent production delays and want to give yourself an update.
Late last week we were made aware of a complaint and immediately investigated it. After reviewing the circumstances, it has been decided that production cannot continue at this time.
We sincerely thank you for everything you have invested in this project. Our hope is to resume production and we are working with Aziz and Youree to determine that time.
Production will be in touch with you to share packaging details, and we’ll let you know as soon as we have more information to share.
“Being Mortal” is based on “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande, a non-fiction book that “explores varieties of palliative care to demonstrate that a person’s final weeks or months can be rich and worthy”. “Production began on March 28, 2022 and was reportedly already halfway through before halting ahead of an expected 2023 release. At this time, however, it is unclear how this suspension will affect Searchlight’s distribution plans. (if applicable).
In the meantime, Searchlight is gearing up to release several movies on Hulu over the next few months, including Andrew Ahn’s “Fire Island” and Sophie Hyde’s “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.” On the movie side, the studio has Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin” opening in a limited theatrical release on October 21, 2022, followed by Mark Mylod’s dark comedy “The Menu” a month later on November 18, 2022. Searchlight also has Taika Waititi’s sports comedy-drama “Next Goal Wins” waiting backstage after wrapping reshoots that saw Will Arnett replace Armie Hammer in the cast.