Wilson sets up laffer at cabler
Owen Wilson, Larry Charles and Rick Rubin have set up the half-hour comedy “Bert & Dickie” at HBO.
Paybox has made a script commitment to the project, about an odd-couple standup comedy team that can’t ever manage to come out on top — personally or professionally.
Wilson, Charles and Rubin will pen and exec produce. Project marks the first foray into television writing for Wilson, whose only previous TV credit was voice work on the Fox pilot “Heat Vision and Jack” alongside Jack Black.
Separately, Charles has ankled his position as exec producer on “Entourage,” on which he’s worked since its inception, and will not work on the upcoming third season. He is prepping and will direct the 20th Century Fox film “Borat,” a spinoff of Brit hit “Da Ali G Show” starring Sacha Baron Cohen.
It remains to be seen whether Charles will continue to exec produce “Curb Your Enthusiasm” should it be renewed for additional cycles. He exec produced the previous two seasons of the Larry David starrer and received a pair of Emmy noms for directing certain episodes.
Oscar-nominated Wilson, who last starred with Vince Vaughn in “The Wedding Crashers,” co-wrote and exec produced pics “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Rushmore.” He next toplines Paramount’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and Universal’s “You, Me and Dupree.”
Charles’ past television work includes exec producing Fox comedy “The Tick,” UPN toon “Dilbert” and NBC’s “Mad About You.”
Rubin is a record producer who co-founded Def Jam Recordings with Russell Simmons.