HBO is back in Black.
Cabler is pacting with thesp Jack Black (“High Fidelity”) and “Undeclared” scribe-thesps Seth Rogen and Jason Segel for “Black Market Music,” a half-hour comedy about a pair of twentysomethings with different goals who end up running a Hollywood record shop. Deal reunites HBO and Black, who gained critical buzz on the cabler’s cult fave “Tenacious D.”
Project is the brainchild of Black, who brought the idea to Rogen and Segel. Black will exec produce, while Rogen and Segel will write, co-star and produce the pilot, which is in the early stages of development at HBO.
Black hopes to make use of actual musicians, inviting artists and bands to appear in storylines as well as perform. Black may also appear in at least the pilot seg.
“It’s like ‘High Fidelity’ with a pinch of ‘Taxi,’ ” Black said of the project. “Jason and Seth are the best writers I know. You will see me in the pilot episode making television history.”
Black’s upcoming features include the DreamWorks-produced Ben Stiller laffer “Envy” and helmer Richard Linklater’s “School of Rock” for Paramount. Thesp is also attached to star with Will Ferrell in an untitled comedy pitch set up at New Line about L.A. motorcycle cops (Daily Variety, Feb. 28).
In addition to appearing in Judd Apatow’s “Freaks & Geeks” and “Undeclared,” Rogen wrote “Super Bad,” a feature that Apatow and Donald DeLine are attached to produce.
Segel’s feature credits include “Slackers” and “SLC Punk”; he’s also an alum of “Undeclared” and “Freaks & Geeks.” In addition, he’s sold the action script “Nightmares Aware” to Columbia Pictures.
Black, Rogen and Segel are all repped by UTA, which packaged the project. Rogen is also repped by Lasher McManus Robinson and Kipperman Management; Ryan Abrams Entertainment also reps Segel.