Prognosis Positive: Larry David to Star in Improv-Based Comedy

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For all you Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld fans, Larry David plans (we hope) on bringing his manic nebbishness to the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter has the promising news:

David came up with the idea and is working with Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel, who worked with him on Seinfeld and Enthusiasm. There is no script but the funny men are working on a treatment for what will be a improv-based storyline, much like David’s acclaimed HBO show. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

David will also produce the feature, which will be directed by Greg Mottola (“Superbad”).

Credit David with being shrewd enough to pursue projects catering to his strengths, even something like Woody Allen’s maligned “Whatever Works.”(Allen is Zeus to a legion of neurotic, intelligent funnymen. In theory, it was a great combination.)

And it’s hard to argue with the talent David has assembled for this top-secret project. Mottola is a versatile director—he’s helming the adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot and 2009’s “Adventureland” is a tender coming-of-age gem. The aforementioned writing trio has also worked extensively with Sacha Baron Cohen.

The popularity of this movie—it could be the next “Sour Grapes” for all we know—could affect the answers to two burning questions.

1.) Seinfeld vs. David: Who has had the better career?

2.) How amazing have David’s golden years been? Most comedians lose their fastball in their thirties or forties, but here’s David getting movie deals and headlining his own beloved comedy series at age 64.

Feel free to discuss.

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