Greg Mottola Doing Improvised Larry David Movie, Jeffrey Eugenides Book

May 17, 2012

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Because they love each other, he and his bald brothers, Larry David has decided on Paul's Greg Mottola to direct a largely-improvised comedy he plans to star in for Fox Searchlight.

The last time David wrote a film script, he ended up with the largely-panned comedy Sour Grapes, so this time LD is forgoing that step and merely writing a loose treatment with frequent TV collaborators Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, and David Mandel. The plan is to make the film largely like an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, drafting only an outline of plot points and letting the actors fill out the dialogue with their own improvised tirades about what an asshole Larry David is presumably playing. It seems an odd choice that Mottola would be selected to helm over, say, The Dictator dictator and longtime David co-worker Larry Charles, but the Superbad director has indeed shown he can convincingly capture people shouting profanity, so this should work out just fine.

In other news from Greg Mottola's incubator: he's been hired to write an adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides' latest novel, The Marriage Plot, for Sony and producer Scott Rudin. As per Variety:

Story focuses on a coming-of-age love triangle in the early 1980s. At the center is a bookish English major caught up in the affections of two men. As the romance of her favorite 19th century love stories begins to seep into her own life, the trio move from college to the real world.

It is not yet clear if he will also direct his script. Of the two projects we've discussed, this is the one less likely to include someone shouting about getting in an ass, but we'll see what Mottola comes up with.

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