Warner Bros. Television is in talks to develop a limited series based on the life of silent film star Buster Keaton. The project would star Rami Malek as Keaton.

The Batman director Matt Reeves would direct the limited series and produce via his 6th and Idaho Productions. Three-time Emmy winner Ted Cohen (Friends, Succession and Veep) is in negotiations to write and serve as an executive producer on the project. 

James Curtis’ Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life is being eyed as the source material for the series, with negotiations underway by the studio to secure the book.

Keaton Book

Keaton lived from 1895 to 1966, and is one of the most prominent stars of the silent film era aside from Charlie Chaplin. He got his start as a child in vaudeville acts alongside his parents, who were traveling performers, before transitioning into film in the late 1910s. 

Known for his deadpan expression, performing exaggerated stunts, and physical comedy, Keaton starred in such movies as The Playhouse, Cops, The Electric House, Sherlock Jr, and The General among several others.

Buster’s career waned after he signed with MGM and lost his artistic independence. His wife divorced him, and he became an alcoholic. His career rebounded in the 1940s; he remarried and earned an Academy Honorary Award in 1959.

Buster Keaton Train

Reeves seems to be a hot property right now. He’s also working on his Batman HBO Max spinoff series at Warner, The Penguin, with Colin Farrell reprising his web-handed villain from the movie.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they would recreate some of Buster’s most memorable stunts for real without the use of CGI? That would certainly be something unique and admirable in this day and age. 

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