Jack Black and Tim Robbins have joined a new dark comedy series in the works at HBO. The Brink, which was ordered to pilot in September, will focus on an unidentified "geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men." Robbins will play the Secretary of State, while Black will play a low-level foreign service officer; the third lead character, a Navy fighter pilot, hasn't been cast yet. Weeds writer Roberto Benabib is penning the script with his brother Kim, and Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Austin Powers), will produce and direct the pilot.
Comedy Central's newest series, Drunk History, is set to premiere tomorrow night. The show is based on the popular Funny or Die web series that features drunk comedians retelling historical events while performers reenact said event. Here's a new clip from the first episode which chronicles Elvis (Jack Black) and President Nixon's (Bob Odenkirk) famous meeting and uncovers some truths about the run-in, like how Nixon made Elvis into a licensed narcotics agent apparently.
Will Ferrell and Jack Black may star in their first movie together. Beyond Black's cameo in Anchorman, the two comedians have never appeared in a movie together, but all that may change soon. The Wrap reports that Ferrell and Black are attached to star in a comedy called Tag Brothers, based on a recent Wall Street Journal article about a group of 10 guys in their 40s who have been playing a game of tag together one month a year since they were in prep school 24 years ago. The movie version will have four male leads, with the other parts not yet cast. Mark Steilen, who's worked as [...]
Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring "what might have been" in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn’t get, and the projects that fell apart altogether. This week, we focus on Jack Black, who spent years honing his chops in supporting movie roles and in the '90s alt comedy scene with the Mr. Show gang and his rock outfit Tenacious D before becoming one of the biggest movie stars in the country following his breakout role as record store clerk Barry in High Fidelity. Since then, he's starred in [...]
Jack Black's company Electric Dynamite is developing a half-hour show written by The Sarah Silverman Program's Steve Agee and Rob Schrab, Deadline reports. Black, Agee, and Schrab are all veterans of Channel 101, the long-running monthly short film festival that Schrab co-created with Dan Harmon. Agee and Schrab's untitled FX series is based on Agee's childhood, attending a military academy in the 1980s. The show is said to be similar in tone to Freaks and Geeks, which is a daunting but promising thing to compare it to. The deal with FX is only a script commitment (and not a pilot or series commitment) right now, but a coming-of-age [...]