11:00am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Danny DeVito-Jeff Goldblum Comedy in the Works at Amazon
Amazon is bulking up its comedy roster.
The streaming service is developing a half-hour untitled series starring Danny DeVito and Jeff Goldblum. Created by The Simpsons writer-producer Tim Long, the project hails from Imagine Television.
In the series, DeVito and Goldblum will play an iconic music duo from the past, Matt Downey (Goldblum) and Arlo Finkleman (DeVito), who are forced to reunite despite their longstanding hatred for one another. As the talented but strong-willed pair attempt to reconcile, they turn to the people who somehow manage to love these two incandescent idiots — their wives, ex-wives, children, managers, friends and lovers — all of whom turn out to be as brilliant, infuriating and frustratingly lovable as Matt and Arlo themselves.
Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo will serve as executive producers alongside DeVito and Goldblum. Imagine TV's Jon Radler brought in the project and will oversee for Imagine, which is also behind Empire, Arrested Development and 24: Legacy.
The project is the latest in Amazon's lineup of shows from high-profile creators and stars. Among the series already in the works at the streamer: David O. Russell's mafia drama starring Julianne Moore and Robert DeNiro; Matthew Weiner's Mad Men follow-up The Romanoffs; Nicolas Winding Refn's crime drama Too Old to Die Young; and Barry Jenkins' The Underground Railroad adaptation.
DeVito, who has won a Golden Globe and an Emmy, currently stars on FX's long-running comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and also has a part in the Broadway play The Price. The Oscar-nominated Goldblum, who will next be seen in Thor: Ragnarok, is filming the upcoming Jurassic World sequel this summer.
Long and DeVito are repped by CAA. Goldblum is repped by ICM and Industry Entertainment.