Many comedy fans were happy to hear the news last month that former “Fallon” writers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin were getting a half-hour HBO comedy pilot with Lorne Michaels serving as executive producer. Now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the project has a director who’s a familiar indie film world name.
Jamie Babbit, whose breakout film was 1999’s “But I’m a Cheerleader,” will helm the still-untitled Atlanta-set pilot, slated to shoot this September. While Babbit’s directed several films since “Cheerleader,” including 2005’s “The Quiet” and 2007 SXSW Competition winner “Itty Bitty Titty Committee,” she’s been much more active in television, directing episodes of everything from “Gilmore Girls” and “The L Word” to “Drop Dead Diva” and “United States of Tara.”
Babbit’s latest feature, “Breaking the Girls,” premiered at Frameline last month (where she also received the 2013 Frameline Award) and is getting a theatrical and VOD release from IFC Films on July 26th.