Sunday, April 14, 2024

Larry David Update: HBO Film Has No Script, Just Outline, and No Kristen Wiig


A couple of hours ago came more news about the Larry David film I announced here exclusively a while ago. The film, originally set up at Fox Searchlight, still co-stars Jon Hamm. Now a few more names have been added including Eva Mendes, Bill Hader, and Kate Hudson. But here are a couple of things not said: first of all Kristen Wiig was supposed to join the cast. I’m told negotiations fell apart. Wiig has gotten big, so it was probably a matter of money. Too bad–she and Hamm have great chemistry from “Bridesmaids.” I’m assuming that was the role Kate Hudson got.

Second, even though a synopsis of the plot of “Clear History” (a reference to an internet browser–can that really be the name?) was released, there is no script. Says one insider: “It’s just an outline.” The movie is mostly improvisational. It’s interesting that they added J.B. Smoove from “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” I think HBO wants this to seem as much like “Curb” as possible without being the actual thing. Also, I’m told at least part of the film will be shot on the north shore of Boston near Danvers, Massachusetts in September and October. A casting call went out up there for kids of different ages. The film will also shoot at least for one day on Martha’s Vineyard, where David lives in the summer.

PS Can you still vote for best written comedy episode for the Emmys? Hands down it was “Palestinian Chicken” from “Curb” last season. Maybe one of the best single shows in comedy TV history, right up there with “Chuckles is Dead,” “The Anti-Dentite,” and a Murphy Brown with Wallace Shawn announcing his political platform.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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