NEW YORK: HBO plans a movie written by and starring Larry David that will find him playing a character other than himself.
"He is not playing the Larry David from 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,'" said HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo, who added that "Arrested Development" and "Newsroom" veteran Greg Mottola will direct.
David will work on the show before he moves forward on another season of "Curb." The network believes David plans another season of the show, but he wants to complete the film first, HBO co-president Richard Plepler said.
What does the film mean for "Curb"? "It means whatever Larry wants it to mean for future seasons of 'Curb,'" Plepler said. David has played characters other than himself before - most recently inWoody Allen's 2009 film "Whatever Works." And David takes pains to note that the Larry David he plays on "Curb" is an exaggerated version of himself.
The network also plans a documentary on the Rolling Stones to coincide with the group's 50th anniversary, to be directed by Brett Morgen ("The Kid Stays in the Picture"). And it announced that "Girls" and "Enlightened" will both be back in January for ten-episode second seasons.
The shows will take the time slot previously held by the canceled "Luck."
The scheduling will split up "Girls" and "Veep," which both earned Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series this year.
The network made the announcements at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Wednesday.
Fielding questions about their entire lineup, Pleper and Lombardo also said they hope to increase the diversity of their shows. "Girls," in particular, has been criticized for the whiteness of its cast.
They also declined to offer any hints about the storyline for the upcoming fourth season of "Eastbound and Down."