The project, based on the book Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life, is in development at Warner Bros. Television.
New high profile project for Rami Malekalready an Oscar and Emmy winner and always looking for new roles that can challenge him. Deadline let it be known that the actor will play the silent film star Buster Keaton in a miniseries currently in development at Warner Bros. Television. Malek is also involved in the project as an executive producer together with the director of The Batman Matt Reeves it’s at David Weddle.
A miniseries about Buster Keaton: What we know
It seems that Matt Reeves will be at the helm of the project and that the studio would be in talks with the Emmy winner Ted Cohen (Friends, Succession, Veep) to bring him on as writer and executive producer. Negotiations would also be underway to win the rights to the book Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life of the biographer James Curtis from which you want to take inspiration for the miniseries which will then be sold to a network or video streaming service.
For Rami Malek it would be a new experience in a TV series after the success of Mr. Robot which won him an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. The actor also won an Oscar for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody and starred in the role of the villain in the last film of the 007 saga, No Time to Die. The resemblance to Buster Keaton makes him the perfect candidate for the role in this new miniseries.
The timeless charm of Buster Keaton
Known for his deadpan expression and also known as the actor who never smiled, Buster Keaton was an actor and director among the greatest exponents of the silent cinema. Among his most famous films, all dating back to the 1920s, we remember Theater, Policemen, The electric house, The number 13 ball e How I won the war, the latter considered his masterpiece. The decline of his career began when he signed with the prestigious MGM, however, losing his artistic independence. He later faced various personal problems such as divorce from his wife and alcoholism, before returning to the scene in the 1940s, remarrying and obtaining the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1959. One of his last works was in Italian film Two marines and a general, from 1965, where he acted together with the comic duo Franco and Ciccio. Keaton marked and influenced the cinema of other masters who came after him, such as Mel Brooks, Martin Scorsese e Orson Welles who on several occasions have said they were inspired by his work, considering him an artist ahead of his time.