In what’s being called a "very quick turnaround," HBO has given a series order to a new project that will star Jack Black and Tim Robbins, Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline.com.
The project is the comedy "The Brink," from executive producer Jerry Weintraub with Jay Roach directing the pilot.
"Written by former ‘Weeds’ executive producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim Benabib, ‘The Brink’ is an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins); Alex Coppins (Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot," Andreeva writes. "These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III."
The cast includes Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Geoff Pierson and Esai Morales, and the series is executive produced by Roberto Benabib, Weintraub and Roach, with Kim Benabib and Susie Ekins co-executive producing, the piece notes.
Andreeva adds: "This marks the first HBO series for Weintraub and Roach, who both have deals with the pay cable network and established relationships there. Weintraub executive produced HBO Films’ Emmy-winning movie ‘Behind The Candelabra,’ while Roach directed and exec produced the Emmy-winning HBO movies ‘Game Change’ and ‘Recount.’"