Deadline has secured yet another exclusive, and while there are so many announcements and allusions on a day to day basis in this industry, I must say that I rarely get as excited as I just did.
The announcement comes from HBO and it is regarding a project by Mike Judge. He’s the guy behind Idiocracy, Office Space, Extract, King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-Head. While I enjoyed the latter’s recent revamp, I gotta say this project sounds ever so much more amazing for two reasons, the first of which would be that it is an original concept and the second is that it has attracted the attention of uber-producer Scott Rudin.
Over the past ten years Rudin has gained quite a reputation for auteur-driven projects such as Team America: World Police, Reprise, No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, The Social Network, It’s Complicated, and HBO’s own The Newsroom, which was scripted by Social Network’s Oscar winner, Aaron Sorkin.
The project is tentatively titled Silicon Valley and “is set in the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.” The project as yet only has an order to go to pilot, but I’m hoping it goes to series as it is being executive produced and co-written by Judge’s King of the Hill collaborators John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. It is the first television project between the three written to be shot as a live action series, as opposed to their previous television efforts, which were animated.
While Rudin, who formerly had an exclusive deal with HBO that was terminated in July, does add a definite amount of prestige and allure to the project, it really does come down to Judge himself and I hope that it gets a full-series order. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Idiocracy but I was a huge fan of everything else he has done and this sounds like just the right project to bring in a whole slew of new fans.
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