New HBO Series Project Pairs Oscar-Winning Writer With Actress Who Has Been Featured in His Offbeat Films — and Who Rarely Does TV

May 22, 2012  •  Post A Comment

An Oscar-winning writer known for his offbeat feature films is reteaming with an actress who has been featured in a number of them.

Charlie Kaufman, whose movies include "Being John Malkovich" (1999), “Adaptation” (2002) and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004), is working with actress Catherine Keener on a comedy series for HBO, reports Deadline.com.

Keener, who rarely works in series television, has acted in two movies written by Kaufman: "Synecdoche, New York" (2008), which Kaufman also directed, and "Being John Malkovich.” She also made a cameo appearance in “Adaptation” and is set to appear in Kaufman’s upcoming feature “Frank or Francis.” She has two Oscar nominations for supporting actress — one for “Malkovich” and one for “Capote” (2005).

She has done long-form TV work, including earning an Emmy nomination for Showtime’s “An American Crime” in 2008.

HBO has put the new project on fast-track development after landing it in a competitive situation, the story says.

The project is described as an "exploration of one day in a woman’s life and how the events leading up to it can affect, or not, the reality in which she lives," according to the article.

Kaufman, who shared an Oscar for his screenplay for “Eternal Sunshine,” is executive producing while Keener will produce. Kaufman also has Oscar nominations for his screenplays for “Adaptation” and “Being John Malkovich.”

The Deadline.com piece notes that HBO has been building up its inventory of female-led comedy series, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ "Veep" and Laura Dern’s "Enlightened."

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