Henry and Max Winkler team up for the first time on HBO’s ongoing ‘King Rex’ limited series; Malcolm Spellman & Nichelle Tramble Spellman EPing


EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of his Emmy-winning comedy barry making its long-awaited Season 4 return, HBO is looking to stay in business with its star Henry Winkler as sources tell Deadline the premium cabler is growing King Rex, a limited series with Henry Winkler attached to star and his son, Max, directing the pilot.

It would be the first time the father-son duo have worked together at the company, and the two Winklers also serve as executive producers. Joining them are Malcolm Spellman and Nichelle Tramble Spellman, who have a first-look deal with HBO and will execute production through their The 51 banner, along with Eli Dansky. Scott Brown and Megan Creydt of Texas monthly – which also has a first-look deal with HBO – will also serve as executive producer, with Trey Selman writing the pilot and co-executive producer.

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Based on November 1980 Texas monthly article, “Rex Cauble and the Cowboy Mafia”, by Lawrence Wright, the project explores a buried treasure trove of a true crime mystery – how a North Texas kingdom got torn to pieces by a judge’s gavel , the IRS and the FBI. Henry Winkler will play mobster Cauble, and insiders say the character is straight out of the mobster picture Casino and unlike any character the Emmy winner has ever played.

After decades of playing classic comedic characters on television, including the Fonz on Happy Days and Gene Cousineau on Barry, the limited series not only gives Henry Winkler a different type of character to sink his teeth into, but it also allows him to work with his son, something he’s wanted since Max started his own directing career.

Max Winkler recently wrote and directed jungleland, with Charlie Hunnam, Jack O’Connell and Jessica Barden. The feature film produced by Scott Free Productions had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and was released by Paramount in November 2020.

On the TV side, earlier this year MAX Winkler directed the pilot and executive produced cruel summer, which became the most-watched series on Freeform. Next step is adapting and directing adventure photographer Ben Moon’s memoir Denali: One Man, One Dog, One Lifetime Friendshipwho will re-equip him with Hunnam.

The 51 recently produced the FX/Hulu documentary uncovered hip hop and the new Peacock series BelAir, which received an initial order for two seasons. This marks Selman’s first major writing work.

Henry and Max Winkler are represented by CAA and Management 360. Max is also replaced by Jackoway Austen Tyerman. The Spellmans are represented by CAA, Industry Entertainment and Del Shaw.

Texas monthly is represented by CAA and Kleinberg Lange. Selman is represented by Lit Entertainment Group and Lichter Grossman.

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