Danny DeVito and Jeff Goldblum are the latest veteran actors to jump aboard a streaming service. The pair are reportedly developing a comedy for Amazon, reports Variety.
The half-hour comedic series would star the actors as former iconic musicians Matt Downey (Goldblum) and Arlo Finkleman (DeVito), who have grown to hate one another, but are now being forced to reconcile. Described as “incandescent idiots” who are “brilliant, infuriating, and frustratingly lovable,” Matt and Arlo are surrounded by their equally infuriating and lovable loved ones — from children to wives, ex-wives and managers — who work to help them put aside their differences.
We should be able to expect plenty of humor given that Tim Long, a longtime writer for The Simpsons, created and wrote the series. It will be produced by Imagine Television, with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, DeVito, and his son, Jake DeVito, executive producing. Jon Radler of Imagine TV, who brought in the project, will oversee it.
The launch of the series means that DeVito will be pulling double duty — It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the long-running FXX series on which he co-stars, has been renewed for two more seasons. DeVito will be the third cast member from that show to have snagged a second series: Kaitlin Olson, who plays Dee Reynolds on Sunny, also stars on The Mick on Fox, and Glenn Howerton (Dennis Reynolds on the FXX show) is set to star in an untitled comedy pilot for NBC, alongside Patton Oswalt.
While Goldblum has demonstrated his comedic chops on the small screen before, including in various roles on Portlandia, and as Dr. Dave in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, he’s focused a lot of recent efforts on more dramatic roles in films like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Independence Day: Resurgence. Goldblum will also appear in the upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok, and in Jurassic World 2 next year, reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm.
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