Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer Developing HBO Comedy With French Twist

After successfully adapting British comedy Getting On for HBO, Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer are looking across the English Channel to get inspiration for their next half-hour project at the premium cable network where they are under an overall deal.

J. GodrecheOlsen and Scheffer will write the comedy with French actress and writer Judith Godrèche, on whose experiences the project is based. It centers on a famous French actress who moves to the U.S. and, with savoir faire, goes to great lengths to keep her unorthodox family together. I hear the intention is for Godrèche to play the lead. “I couldn’t have asked for better partners,” she said. “This story is very important to me and very organic, and Will and Mark are geniuses at mixing comedy and emotion.”

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Olsen and Scheffer, who also created the HBO drama series Big Love, will executive produce the comedy project through their Anima Sola Productions. Godrèche, co-executive produces, has appeared in more than 30 movies, including the Oscar-nominated Ridicule. She next will be seen in indie The Overnight opposite Taylor Schilling.

The second season of Olsen and Scheffer’s Getting On, starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash, and Mel Rodriguez, premieres Nov. 9. Olsen and Scheffer are repped by CAA and Ira Schreck; Godrèche is reped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, and Alan Wertheimer.

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