Larry David’s HBO Film Is “Curb”-Esque

So how much of a similarity will there be between the upcoming Larry David-starring HBO telemovie, and his long-running comedy series on the same premium cable network? Quite a lot it seems despite HBO executives making it clear that it is “not a ‘Curb’ movie”.

“Superbad” helmer Greg Mottola directs the project which co-stars Jon Hamm, but until now there has been no real story details about the project. Today though, The Los Angeles Times has nabbed a short plot synopsis. Like “Curb your Enthusiasm,” parts of the film will be improvised.

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. Having lost his wife, house and everything else, including his hair, 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.