Given the ongoing critical and financial box office success of Ethan and Joel Coen, a jump to TV seemed very unlikely in the near future. However, Fox has stepped up to make that strange notion into a reality.
Deadline is reporting that the Coen Brothers are signed to create and executive produce a new one hour comedy pilot for Fox called "HarveKarbo." The series reportedly follows "an ill-tempered LA private investigator whose cases frequently involve the depraved doings of the Hollywood elite" while also exploring the P.I.'s "deadbeat friends" in El Segundo, a small city in Los Angeles county.
"HarveKarbo" was co-created by the Coen brothers and screenwriter Phil Johnston, who has also written "Cedar Rapids" and the upcoming Disney animated film, "Wreck It Ralph" as well as a live action comedy for DreamWorks called "Reply All" with Zach Galifianakis slatted to star in it. Johnston is writing the pilot script, which reportedly features the " quirky, offbeat characters" usually found in the Coen brothers' films.
Brian Grazer from Imagine TV is said to be the producer who sought to bring the Coen brothers to television and Imagine will also produce the pilot and the series if it gets picked up by the network. Currently, Fox has only given "HarveKarbo" a script commitment with a "significant penalty" if it does not go forward.
The Coen brothers are best known for writing and directing several cult classic films, including "The Big Lebowski," "The Hudsucker Proxy," "Barton Fink," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Miller's Crossing," "Burn After Reading" and "True Grit." The duo has also won four Academy Awards, including best screenplay for "Fargo" along with best adaptation, directing and best picture of "No Country for Old Men."
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