On top of creating a scripted comedy for Starz with Patrick Stewart, THR reports that Bored to Death's Jonathan Ames is also adapting the Icelandic dramedy World's End into a half-hour series for premium network Showtime. The series will follow a high school English teacher "struggling with life, love and his disaffected students, who spins out of control and winds up committed to a mental institution, where, ironically, he finally feels normal and becomes the leader of an inmate revolt." Ames will write the script and serve as executive producer alongside Ben Silverman and his former Bored to Death EP Stephanie Davis. Click through to watch the [...]
Tina Fey has lined up her next movie project. She's starring in and producing an adaptation of journalist Kim Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Variety reports. The book details Barker's time spent as a journalist in the region in 2002. Fey's 30 Rock co-showrunner Robert Carlock wrote the script for the adaptation, and Lorne Michaels is producing. There's currently no director attached to the project.
Fey can next be seen acting in The Muppets Most Wanted with Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell and the family comedy This Is Where I Leave You with Jason Bateman and Adam Driver. Both are [...]
After making his switch from acting to directing films (Run, Fatboy, Run and Trust), Deadline reports that former Friends star David Schwimmer has signed on to return to television on the ABC comedy Irreversible. Based on the hit Israeli series Bilti Hafich, Irreversible will be semi-improvised "in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm." The show follows Andy (Schwimmer) and Sarah, "a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves." Segahl Avin, a co-creator on the original Israeli series, co-wrote the US adaptation and may also come aboard to direct the pilot in New York. Not counting his small roles [...]
According to The Guardian, HBO is set to remake the French television series Hard, a comedy about "a Catholic housewife who discovers her husband's secret life as a porn mogul after he dies — and has to carry it on when she faces financial difficulties." The original series ran for two seasons in the UK on demand from 2008-2011, with a third season announced this past August. HBO has tapped Jenny Bicks, showrunner on The Big C and former Sex and the City writer/producer, to helm the US adaptation. Click through to watch a subtitled trailer for the original Hard, which is probably as NSFW as the Google [...]