HBO Developing Asian-American Comedy 'KTown' From Jason Kim, Greta Lee

The project is described as a dark comedy about the eccentric Los Angeles neighborhood of Koreatown and the kingpin family at the center of it.
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Jason Kim, Greta Lee

HBO is potentially upping its onscreen (and offscreen) representation of Asian-Americans with a comedy called KTown.

The project comes from Jason Kim, a producer on HBO's Barry who has also worked on Girls and Netflix's Love, and actress and writer Greta Lee (Chance, Inside Amy Schumer). It is described as a dark comedy about the eccentric Los Angeles neighborhood of Koreatown and the kingpin family at the center of it.

Lee will also have an onscreen role as Yumi Kang, a self-described "Brentwood Barbie" who reconnects with her "embarrassing" roots to become a powerful Korean-American woman. Lee had a recurring part on Girls' second and third seasons, but her time on that series did not overlap with Kim, who joined in season four.

Should KTown go to series, it would be the first HBO show centered on Asian-Americans and one of just a handful across all of TV — ABC's Fresh Off the Boat being the most prominent current example. The development also comes on the heels of Crazy Rich Asians' huge success at the box office over the summer; the movie has made more than $220 million worldwide on a reported $30 million budget.

Two other projects about and by Asian-Americans — a comedy from writer Jessica Gao and the drama 'Ohana from Lisa Takeuchi Cullen — are in development at ABC.

In addition to writing KTown, Kim and Lee will executive produce with Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, Ali Krug and Susan Goldberg for Annapurna TV.

Kim is repped by UTA and Gang Tyre; Lee is repped by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman.