According to The deadline, Oscar winner Rami Malek has signed on for the lead role in the upcoming Warner Bros. limited drama. Television centering on the life of silent comedy movie star Buster Keaton. If the project gets an official series order, it will mark Malek’s first major TV drama in more than three years since mr. Robot ended his four season run.
The untitled Buster Keaton miniseries will be directed by The Batman filmmaker Matt Reeves, who also produces through his 6th & Idaho Productions banner. Emmy-winning scribe Ted Cohen, who is best known for his work on popular shows such as Friends, followingand Veepis currently in talks to adapt the project, possibly based on the book by James Curtis Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life.
Keaton is known as one of the most recognized movie stars of the silent film era. His entertainment life began at an early age, as he was part of a vaudeville family. He is known for his signature deadpan expression while doing physical comedy.
Apart from acting, he is also often considered one of the greatest directors of all time for his work in iconic movies such as The general, Sherlock Jr., The Navigator, and so on. Keaton became an inspiration for 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. Television also entered into negotiations for the rights to Curtis’s book.