HBO Inks Overall Deal With Danny McBride’s Rough House Pictures (EXCLUSIVE)

HBO is staying in business with one of its proven hit-makers.

The network has signed an overall deal with Rough House Pictures, the production company headed by Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Jody Hill and Brandon James, Variety has learned exclusively.

Under the new two-year pact, Rough House Pics will develop new series for the premium cabler, which is already home to “Vice Principals” and “Eastbound & Down,” both of which hail from the company.

“Vice Principals,” which was created by McBride and Hill and stars McBride, aired its first season finale on Sunday. Its second season will debut in 2017. “Eastbound & Down,” which also starred McBride, aired for four seasons from 2009 to 2013. Both comedies were created under Rough House’s prior first look deal with HBO.

The new deal keeps Rough House in the HBO family past 2017, as “Vice Principals” has an unusual and quick format — the comedy will only be on the air for two seasons, as it was designed to run for a total of 18 episodes.

Outside of the TV world, up next, Rough House Pictures is producing the film “The Legacy of Whitetail Deer Hunter” with Scott Rudin Productions. Hill directed and co-wrote the movie, along with “Vice Principals” and “Eastbound & Down” writer John Carcieri, and McBride co-stars with Josh Brolin in the upcoming film. McBride will also star opposite Michael Fassbender in Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant,” which hits theaters next August.

Rough House is repped by CAA.

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