According to Deadline, Oscar winner Rami Malek has signed on to star in the Warner Bros. Television’s upcoming limited drama centering on the life of silent comedy star Buster Keaton. Should the project score an official series order, it would mark Malek’s first major TV drama in more than three years Sir. Robot ended its four-season run.
The untitled Buster Keaton miniseries will be directed by Batman filmmaker Matt Reeves, who also produces through his 6th & Idaho Productions banner. Emmy-winning writer Ted Cohen, who is best known for his work on popular shows like Friends, Successionand Veepis currently in talks to adapt the project, which could potentially be based on James Curtis’ book Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life.
Keaton is known as one of the most recognized film stars of the silent film era. His life in entertainment started at an early age when he was part of a vaudeville family. He was known for his signature deadpan expression while doing physical comedy.
In addition to acting, he is also often considered one of the greatest directors of all time due to his work on iconic films such as The general, Sherlock Jr., The Navigator, and more. Keaton has been an inspiration to other acclaimed filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese and Mel Brooks.
The upcoming project will be produced by Malek and David Weddle, with 6th & Idaho’s Daniel Pipski and Rafi Crohn serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Tv has also entered into negotiations for the rights to Curtis’ book.