In a recent interview, Michael Keaton talked about his involvement in a new Larry David movie that sounds very similar, at least in set-up, to David’s long-running HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm (meaning there’s lots of improv and not much more than a generally outlined script).
It looks like David is going in a different direction from his last feature film, 1998’s universally panned Sour Grapes (it’s still difficult for fans to understand how this movie went so wrong), which certainly seems like a good thing. Hit the jump for more details on the project, including what Michael Keaton had to say.
Larry David has chosen a fellow member of his bald brotherhood, Greg Mottola (Superbad), to direct (an odd choice over his long-time collaborator Larry Charles?). Though aren’t many details about the film out yet, as Michael Keaton laughed about in a recent Grantland interview:
Daniel: So what’s the Larry David thing you’re doing?
Michael: I’m doing this movie — really an improvised movie — where he sets it all up in the outline and says, “Here’s what happens … ”
Daniel: Oh, so like Curb Your Enthusiasm but the movie —
Daniel: That sounds like fun.
Michael: Well, I have no idea what we’re going to do yet.
Daniel: You just said OK, and show up?
Michael: [laughing] Yeah.
“He was one of the first guys I met when we were both doing stand-up. He actually remembered the exact month we met standing in line outside of Catch a Rising Star. At the time, I was going back and forth [from Pittsburgh] to New York — driving my ’65 Volkswagen bug — trying to be an actor, or to write, and I’d just started doing improv. So the other day Larry and I were talking about that world and I said, “Do you miss that stuff?” And I didn’t even finish the sentence, and he said, “Yeah. I do. But I like to do it the way I like to do it.” Which I get.”
Others rumored to be involved include Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel, who worked with David on Seinfeld as well as Curb. They are all also acting as producers, along with Bradley Thomas, with Fox Searchlight housing the project.