Charlie Kaufman, the man behind such oddball dark comedies like Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, is teaming up with his frequent muse Catherine Keener to develop a television series for HBO. The as-of-yet untitled show has been put on fast-track-development, according to Deadline. The concept of the show is described as an exploration of a day in a woman’s life, and how the events leading up to this day may or may not affect the reality in which she lives.
Though that’s a pretty vague plotline, Kaufman and Keener are an esteemed team (Synedoche, New York; Being John Malkovich), so critics are understandably excited. I’m expecting a lot of dream sequences, fun-house-style tiny doors, and footage of childbirth– but don’t quote me on that. Kaufman serves as executive producer and Keener serves as producer on the project.
HBO also just inked a deal with former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle to development a comedy series with Adam McKay and Chris Henchy and executive produced by Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. So, it sounds like there’s going to be some healthy competition.
If the show comes to fruition, this will be Keener’s first role starring on a television series. In the past she’s been approached by networks to do her own series but has declined until now. Keener will work with Kaufman yet again as a co-star in his film, Frank or Francis, opposite Steve Carrell and Jack Black, which is set to hit theaters next year.