Michael Keaton Joins Jon Hamm and Larry David in Improv Comedy
After a bit of a comeback in 2010 with great supporting roles in Toy Story 3 and The Other Guys, I was hoping to see some more great things from Michael Keaton, who really was a comedy star in the 80's and 90's. In the past couple years, he hasn't taken on any more promising projects. But that changes today as Variety reports Keaton is in talks to join Larry David and Jon Hamm in an untitled, partially improvised comedy from Superbad director Greg Mottola and Fox Searchlight. Apparently Keaton confirmed his casting to Grantland, who recently conducted quite a fantastic and in-dpeth interview with the actor. More below!
The films comes from an idea by Larry David who handed it off to his "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" writers Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel for a treatment in order to get the film picked up. Apparently there's no real script since it will have an improv based storyline, but the story is said to follow David and Hamm as two guys who each invest in an electric-car company with different goals in mind. The conflict comes when the car becomes successful and David merely gets his investment back while Hamm becomes extremely rich, thus causing tension between the men. I can just hear David bitching about it now. Keaton will play a crazy businessman named Stumpo, a friend of David's character. I'm already sold on this film, and can't wait to see Hamm, David and Keaton cut loose. Sound good?