While early word said the upcoming Greg Mottola-helmed Larry David-starring improv comedy was set up over at Fox Searchlight, it looks like the project may be headed to another, more familiar home for David and Mottola: cable channel HBO.
The LA Times report the wheels are currently in motion for the mysterious project, co-starring Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton, to head to HBO where it will premiere on the small screen instead of theaters. Apparently the cable channel can offer the project a bigger budget and, of course, already has a strong, long-term relationship with David on the eight seasons of his “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Meanwhile, Mottola has been helming multiple episodes of the Aaron Sorkin-HBO project, “The Newsroom,” a show he’s also an executive-producer on. Also, let’s not forget Hamm’s affinity for cable television.
Either option is pretty much a win with both Fox Searchlight and HBO known for harboring great talents and works. In terms of familiarity, though, David hasn’t had a starring role in theaters since Woody Allen‘s “Whatever Works” while Mottola’s last effort, “Paul,” didn’t quite light up the box office as expected. Though it should be said, it did gangbusters in the U.K. and easily recouped its costs there.
Details are being kept under wraps on the improv-comedy project, which sees David producing, starring and writing alongside frequent collaborators Alec Berg, David Mandel and Michael Schaffer. Lensing gets underway this fall.