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Kevin Kline to star in HBO project

Producing with Gavin Polone; penned by David Auburn

Oscar winner Kevin Kline is making his first foray into series television with an hourlong project in development at HBO.

Kline will star in and executive produce the project, penned by "Proof" writer David Auburn.

Gavin Polone and Kline's manager Judy Hofflund also are executive producing the show, about a prominent doctor (Kline) who must restart his life after serving a 15-year prison sentence for murdering his mistress.

WME, which reps Auburn and Polone, linked the two. After hearing Auburn's pitch, Polone joined him to shape the project. Polone then told his former partner Hofflund about the project, noting that Kline would be perfect for it.

Polone's hopes for landing Kline weren't high, as the actor is constantly turning down pitches for TV shows. But when he and Hofflund called Kline, he expressed interest and boarded the project after meeting with Auburn.

With Kline conferenced in, the show was pitched to HBO and the network bought it in the room.

"It is hard to believe that I'm working with David Auburn and Kevin Kline on a project," Polone said. "I feel like I died and have been reincarnated as Scott Rudin."

Kline, who will next be seen in "The Extra Man" and "The Conspirator," is repped by CAA. Auburn is managed by Code Entertainment.

The Kline/Auburn show is the latest in a string of drama projects with big-screen marquee names that HBO has put in development during the past several months.

The list includes "Luck," a horse racing pilot directed by Michael Mann that stars Dustin Hoffman; an aid-workers drama project starring Maria Bello, written by Simon Beaufoy and produced by Bello, Beaufoy and Russell Crowe; "The Miraculous Year," written by John Logan and to be directed by Kathryn Bigelow; a crime drama produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron; and a family drama to be helmed by Lee Daniels.