HBO Developing 80's-set Comedy About Wall Street Starring Rob Riggle
HBO is developing a new comedy project to star Rob Riggle set in the 1980s, and produced by Riggle’s The Other Guys co-stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, along with the film’s director Adam McKay, and writer Chris Henchy. That’s an impressive lineup of names behind a half-hour cable comedy, which is part of Riggle’s development deal at HBO.
In a plot guaranteed to bring us some fabulous 80s fashion to laugh at, the project surrounds a Wall Street hotshot boss in the heyday of Reaganomics; the central character, played by Riggle, is said to live a dark and unhealthy lifestyle. He’s also described as self-centered, pretty much a given for this type of character in the 80s. As for his unhealthy lifestyle, well again given the context I suppose we should expect some heavy partying, but since it’s meant as a comedy no doubt our protagonist won’t learn any major life lessons from it. At least not any that aren’t good for a laugh.
Chris Henchy and Adam McKay are writing and executive producing for the project, which Deadline says got its start with Mark Wahlberg’s production company. It’s a big reunion all of these guys, who were involved together in 2010’s The Other Guys, the film that launched a working relationship for McKay, Ferrell, Wahlberg, and Riggle. Looks like their search for a project together us coming to fruition. Riggle has also worked with Ferrell on Step Brothers and Talladega Nights, and recently added his voice to Dr. Suess’ The Lorax and appeared in the film 21 Jump Street. And of course, he’s got plenty of TV cred too, not least of which as a Daily Show correspondant.
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