Rami Malek to Play Buster Keaton in Limited Series From The Batman Director

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The Batman director Matt Reeves is developing a biographical limited series about silent film legend Buster Keaton, with Rami Malek in talks to star.

The Batman director and co-writer Matt Reeves is developing a new biographical limited series about Buster Keaton for Warner Bros., with Rami Malek (Mr. Robot, BoJack Horseman) in talks to star as the silent film legend.

According to Deadline, Reeves’ 6th & Idaho Productions is producing the series alongside Oscar and Emmy-winning actor Malek, as well as David Weddle. Reeves himself is attached to direct the series, with Ted Cohen (Friends, Succession, Veep) in talks to write and executive produce. Daniel Pipski and Rafi Crohn of 6th & Idaho are also attached as executive producers. Warner Bros. is currently in negotiations to secure the rights to the book Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life by James Curtis, which is being eyed as the source material for Reeves’ series.

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Reeves and 6th & Idaho inked a first-look deal with Warner Bros. back in August 2022. Deadline reports that the studio is currently preparing to shop the filmmaker’s Buster Keaton series to various streamers and networks. Reeves is also executive producing a Colin Farrell-led series titled The Penguin, a spinoff of The Batman, for Warner’s own HBO Max. What’s more, Reeves and co-writer Mattson Tomlin are currently “deep” into development on The Batman‘s theatrical sequel.

Who Was Buster Keaton?

Dubbed “The Great Stone Face,” the late, great Buster Keaton is regarded as being one of the most influential figures of the silent film era. An actor, comedian and director, Keaton was renowned for his physical comedy, which was often accompanied by a deadpan demeanor. In the 1920s, Keaton made such short films as One Week (1920), The Playhouse (1921) and Cops (1922), as well as such acclaimed features as Sherlock Jr. (1924), The Cameraman (1928) and, perhaps most famously, The General (1926).

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Keaton’s career began to decline after he signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1928, resulting in him losing a significant amount of creative control over his projects. Keaton’s wife also divorced him in 1932. Combined with the loss of his artistic independence, this caused the actor to descend into alcoholism. However, Keaton ultimately recovered, remarried and revitalized his career in the 1940s. In 1959, he recieved the Academy Honorary Award for his “unique talents which brought immortal comedies to the screen.” Keaton passed away in 1966 at the age of 70.

Source: Deadline


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