Alan Taylor is 'Bored' for HBO

Will direct the comedy pilot starring Jason Schwartzman

Emmy winner Alan Taylor has been tapped to direct HBO's comedy pilot "Bored to Death."

The Jonathan Ames-penned project, which will film in September in New York, stars Jason Schwartzman as a struggling thirtysomething writer with a drinking problem in Brooklyn who, following a painful breakup with his girlfriend, decides to emulate his heroes from the novels of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. He takes out an ad pretending to be a private detective and starts taking cases -- solving some and making others worse.

Taylor has a long-standing relationship with HBO. He won an Emmy for his work on "The Sopranos" and most recently directed the pay cable network's drama pilot "1%."

On the comedy side, he helmed a half dozen episodes of HBO's "Sex and the City."

Taylor, repped by UTA and 3 Arts, is nominated for an Emmy for directing the pilot of AMC's "Mad Men." His work on the critically praised series also earned him a DGA Award earlier this year.
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