Alejandro González Iñárritu is set to direct his first comedy.

8 Dec 2012 - 7:28 AM  UPDATED 8 Dec 2012 - 7:28 AM

Dec 07 ( - Alejandro González Iñárritu is set to direct "Birdman" from a script he co-wrote with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, a person familiar with the project told TheWrap.

Known for more dramatic pieces like "Amores Perros," "Babel" and "Biutiful," Iñárritu will be tacking a comedic film for the first time.

"Birdman" tells the story of an actor who once played an iconic superhero but is now facing a crisis as he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family and career in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play.

Production is slated to begin in March 2013. The film will be produced by Iñárritu, Robert Graf and John Lesher. Iñárritu and the film are represented by CAA.

Iñárritu is also moving forward on another film, "The Revenant," which was announced in 2011, a person with knowledge of that project told TheWrap.