10:28am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Bill Hader to Star in Hitman Comedy Pilot for HBO
HBO is building out its relationship with Bill Hader.
The Saturday Night Live alum will write, direct, exec produce and star in comedy pilot Barry, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
In Barry, he will star as an ex-Marine who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the L.A. theater scene.
Hader will pen the script, exec produce and direct the pilot in addition to starring as the title role. Alec Berg (Silicon Valley, Curb Your Enthusiasm) will also exec produce. The comedy hails from an overall deal Hader inked with HBO in May 2014.
Barry joins a roster of comedy pilots at HBO including its untitled Sarah Silverman vehicle, Whitney Cummings' Are Men Necessary, Pete Holmes' Crashing as well as Lena Dunham entry Max. The cabler also has puppet talk show comedy The Gorburger Show.
The news comes days after HBO confirmed that critical darling Girls would end its run with its sixth and final season in 2017. The cabler's comedy roster currently consists of Ballers, Doll & Em, Silicon Valley, Veep, Togetherness, Vice Principals, Divorce, High Maintenance, Animals, Brothers in Atlanta and Issa Rae's Insecure.