This short Slate report just goes to prove that big name people would love to work with HBO to get some quality work out there. Bill Hader, Laura Dern, Viola Davis, Judd Apatow and Robert Redford are such talents out to do just that. Below is a quick look at what they hope to present.
- Hader Hopes Hitman Happens at HBO
HBO has picked up another pilot offer and this one comes from comedic talent Bill Hader. He is working on a little piece he is calling BARRY. But, just who is this Barry? He is an ex-Marine who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the L.A. theater scene.
Hader (pictured) is expected to play the role himself. He is, of course, alumni from Saturday Night Live and has recently teamed up with Fred Armisen for IFC’s Documentary Now. For BARRY he is working with the executive producer of HBO’s SILICON VALLEY Alec Berg. Together they have co-wrote the pilot that HBO ordered for this half-hour comedy.
We will bump it out of the Slate posts if it comes to fruition, but, come on, we think Hader on HBO could be pretty funny.
- Laura Dern To Produce Saleswoman Drama
Laura Dern (pictured) kept busy after ENLIGHTENED ended on HBO including keeping herself in the mix at the network. She is in BIG LITTLE LIES and one of the producers of the developing TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS. Now she is looking to produce another work.
The untitled project takes on the story of a pioneering American saleswoman largely responsible for the development of the home party system of marketing. It reveals how she impacted people globally, on a subversive level and in profound and even shocking ways. Think of it as the lady behind Tupperware. The pitch is being written by Amy Mumolo who had a hand in penning Bridesmaids. She will co-write the script with her husband and writing partner Tim Lovestedt. The two will executive produce with Dern and Jayme Lemons. Now how about another starring role for Dern?
- Robert Redford Targets HBO Miniseries
Robert Redford is possibly heading back to HBO and so is Elizabeth Strout. Redford, who produced HBO movie GRAND AVENUE a decade ago, is looking to bring author Strout’s THE BURGESS BOYS, as a miniseries, to the channel. Her OLIVE KITTERIDGE has already been broadcast.
THE BURGESS BOYS follows two brothers who are haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were kids. It recounts their eventual return to Maine where long-buried tensions surface in ways that change them forever. Redford optioned the New York Times best-seller last year and will exec produce. It is the first concept out of the gate in a first-look deal for Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises. Marcus Hinchey (All Good Things) is set to write the screenplay. We’d be surprised if this one doesn’t get made.
We admit that this is small for a Slate piece, but we are hoping the big names within makes up for that. There is always something brewing in the halls of HBO. We will see continue to see what develops.