We previously reported that Greg Mottola’s untitled comedy that stars Larry David, Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton may be debuting on HBO. Now we have a bit more clarity on what the plot of the film concerns and more information on what Keaton’s character will be. The partially improvised comedy seems like it will play out as a feature-length version of David’s successful Curb Your Enthusiasm series. Hit the jump for more on the project.
Variety reports that the plot of the untitled comedy concerns David and Hamm’s characters as investors in an electric car company. Though both of them have different goals in mind, the outcome favors Hamm’s businessman who becomes obscenely rich and causes tension beween the two. Keaton, meanwhile, would be playing a character named Stumpo, a crazy businessman who is David’s friend.
Based off of an original idea from David, the treatment was developed by him and his Curb scribes, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel. The film should feature a decent amount of improv as far as the dialogue is concerned. Stay tuned for more on this project as it develops.
Update: As the first draft of this article posted, more plot details came out via the LA Times. Spoilers lay in wait ahead so turn back now if you don’t want to know any more. It seems that David will actually play a marketing executive named Lenny who is part of the brain trust to market a new electric car. Since he doesn’t like the car’s name (“The Howard,” after The Fountainhead’s Howard Roark), he gets in a fight with the car’s creator, Haney (Hamm). Since David usually plays similar characters, Lenny freaks out and gives Haney’s stake in the project back to him.
Of course, the car goes on to be a success, driving a financial wedge between Lenny and Haney. The plot shows their careers moving in drastically opposing directions only to be reunited later on, giving Lenny a chance to exact his revenge. You can head over to LA Times for more details, but here’s a glimpse of what seems to make this a tailor-made project for Curb fans:
- Lenny loses his hair, resulting in bald jokes.
- He insists that “The Howard” have a built-in pee flap to allow motorists to relieve themselves on the road.
- Lenny obsessively questions minor social behavior (like hiding away electrical outlets) and nitpicks members of the serving class.
- Much like his Curb counterpart, Lenny has a habit of angering others, yet somehow manages to successfully flirt with women.
- Finally, a long-running joke about the band, The Eagles, suggests that the band members may actually appear in a scene.
While HBO continues to put distance between this feature and the Curb Your Enthusiasm series, it’s clearly got the “Curb DNA” just in movie form.