8:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Paul Rudd to Topline Netflix Comedy Series 'Living With Yourself'
Paul Rudd is expanding his relationship with Netflix.
The Ant-Man star has signed up to topline the Netflix comedy series Living With Yourself.
The eight-episode project will see the Wet Hot American Summer co-star take on a dual role in the story of a man struggling with his life who undergoes a novel treatment to become a better person. He then finds he's been replaced by a new and improved version — revealing that his own worst enemy is himself. Rudd will star in season one of what Netflix is declaring a "fresh and inventive" philosophical comedy that asks if people really want to be better.
Timothy Greenberg, part of the Peabody- and Emmy-winning team behind The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, created the series and will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Little Miss Sunshine Oscar nominees Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris will also exec produce the eight-episode series as well as direct. Anthony Bregman and Jeff Stern will oversee for their Likely Story banner; Jax Media's Tony Hernandez, Rudd and Jeff Blitz will also exec produce. Additional casting will be announced later.
Living With Yourself was originally ordered to pilot at IFC in February 2017 (without Rudd attached). Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the comedy was one of multiple projects to be released back to its creatives as IFC's budget was not what producers originally envisioned. Netflix then snapped up the series. Sources note that the Netflix deal has been underway since at least February of this year.
Rudd currently stars in Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp, which he co-wrote. The sequel has grossed more than $430 million globally and will open in China, Japan and other markets this month. Living With Yourself brings the actor back into the Netflix fold after he reprised his role as Andy in multiple Wet Hot American Summer TV series sequels. His small-screen roles include memorable parts on Parks and Recreation and Friends. Rudd is repped by UTA, Lighthouse Management and Media and Jackoway Tyerman.
Dayton and Faris, who also directed Battle of the Sexes, are repped by UTA and Sloane Offer; Greenberg is with UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Hirsch Wallerstein; and Blitz is repped by UTA and David Colden.