Now that it’s official that Larry David’s upcoming movie will air exclusively on HBO, the L.A. Times has scored some pretty in-depth details about the film’s plot. As you would expect, the still-untitled comedy has a distinct Curb Your Enthusiasm vibe to it, and even though it looks like that show won’t be coming back any time soon, this project should satisfy everyone’s hunger for more Larry David. Check out the synopsis below:
The plot concerns a marketing executive named Lenny (David) who is helping to market a new electric car. Because he objects to the name (it’s “the Howard,” after “The Fountainhead’s” Howard Roark), Lenny gets into a fight with the creator, a colleague named Haney, and in a fit of Davidian pique gives Haney back his stake in the project.
This being a David story line, the car of course goes on to become a huge success, making Haney absurdly wealthy and leaving Larry out of the money (shades of George in Curb’s faux-Seinfeld reunion, forfeiting all the cash he had made on a public-toilet app to a Bernard Madoff scheme).
Having lost his wife, house and everything else, including his hair (it wouldn’t be a Larry David project without a baldness joke), Lenny moves to Martha’s Vineyard. Years later we find him as a lowly paid assistant to an elderly woman, living incognito with a different look under the assumed name Rolly.
But his life is soon shaken up when Haney, fabulously successful and not recognizing his former co-worker, shows up, prompting Lenny/Rolly to hatch a plan to exact revenge.
The movie will be directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad) and written by a host of Seinfeld and Curb alums, so this should definitely be on the radar of any self-respecting fan of David’s work. We still don’t know who Jon Hamm or Michael Keaton will be playing yet, but we expect that news to come out soon.