Amazon Prime has been attracting some serious talent of late, with projects in the works from Bryan Cranston, Robert De Niro, and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, to name a few. Now you can add two more names into the mix: Danny DeVito and Jeff Goldblum.
Deadline reports that DeVito and Goldblum are teaming up for a new half-hour comedy project for Amazon Prime. Simpsons writer Tim Long created the as-yet-unnamed comedy for Imagine Television. DeVito and Goldblum will play Matt Downey (Goldblum) & Arlo Finkleman (DeVito), a pair of past-their-prime musicians who are forced to put their differences aside for a reunion tour. As Deadline puts it, “As the talented but strong-willed pair attempt to reconcile, they turn to the people who somehow manage to love these two incandescent idiots — their wives, ex-wives, children, managers, friends and lovers — all of whom turn out to be as brilliant, infuriating and frustratingly lovable as Matt and Arlo themselves.”
DeVito will also executive produce the series, along with his son, Jake DeVito, and Imagine Television’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. Fans of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia need not fear: Deadline’s story suggests the project won’t interfere with DeVito’s commitments to his long-running FXX series. (Sunny co-stars Kaitlin Olson also stars in Fox’s The Mick, and Glenn Howerton is co-starring in a Seth Meyers comedy pilot for NBC, so there is precedent.)
In addition to a long run on The Simpsons, Tim Long has served stints on both Politically Incorrect and the Late Show with David Letterman. The dude clearly has a comedy chop or two.
Assuming this untitled DeVito/Goldblum comedy goes to series, it will joint an Amazon Prime lineup that includes comedies such as Transparent, Red Oaks, and the upcoming The Tick. With two proven talents attached, the odds look good. And who wouldn’t want to watch DeVito and Goldblum hate-banter with each other?