Charles on Kanye & Crue Films

Out doing promotion for the Bill Maher documentary “Religulous”, director Larry Charles (“Borat”) tells Coming Soon that he’s already shot a pilot for the currently untitled Kanye West project over on HBO.

David said that the project was similar to “Curb Your Enthusiasm” with West as a ‘black Larry David’ – “It’s kind of improvised about the situations and stuff. It was really good, but again I think it was too hardcore for HBO…People gave it a very good response and it seems to be on the shelf right now. The management has shifted at HBO so we’re waiting to see.”

As for the Motley Crue biopic “The Dirt” which he was attached to, Charles admits he did a lot of work on it including a pass on the script, but it got put to the side due to the Paramount shake-up this year – “It was at MTV Films which then got swallowed by Paramount Vantage which then got swallowed by Paramount. All those people were gone that developed it.”

One stipulation he had would be that it was hardcore – “My thing about that which was that I felt it had to be an NC-17 movie…I would do it if it could be done the proper way. If it’s going to be sanitized then they don’t need me to do it. They could find somebody else to do that.”