Can we talk? Because Variety has learned that Kathryn Hahn is committed to playing Joan Rivers in “The Comeback Girl,” a limited series in development at Showtime, produced by Warner Bros. Television, Atlas Entertainment and Berlanti Productions. In addition to playing the role of Rivers, Hahn will produce “The Comeback Girl”, Greg Berlanti will direct and produce, and Cosmo Carlson will write and produce.
Carlson, a two-time blacklisted writer (The Showrunner, “” Valedictorian “) wrote” The Comeback Girl “as a spec script. With Richard Suckle and Robert Amidon of Atlas Entertainment behind the project, Suckle and Carlson took it to Berlanti and Sarah Schechter from Berlanti Productions, who signed on.
Rivers died at the age of 81 on September 4, 2014, several days after stopping breathing during a routine endoscopy on her throat. She had been a revolutionary figure in the world of stand-up comedy, especially as a woman – and particularly in the 1960s when her star began to step onto the New York comedy scene.
She also began her string of iconic appearances on “The Tonight Show” in the mid-60s, which eventually led to her becoming Johnny Carson’s regular host on that show in the 80s. fell out in 1986 after she took to the fledgling Fox network for her own show, titled “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers”. In doing so, Rivers became the first woman to host a late-night talk show – but also Carson’s competition. He said he hadn’t heard from her, which hurt him, and he banned her from “The Tonight Show”.
“The Comeback Girl” is set primarily in the wake of the cancellation of “The Late Show,” which coincided with the suicide death of Rivers’ husband (and “Late Show” producer) Edgar Rosenberg.
The connecting line for “The Comeback Girl” is: “Trailblazer. Adored. Cruel. Diva. Joan Rivers has had a life like no other. At 54, she was a superstar actress… and then it all fell apart. THE COMEBACK GIRL is the awe-inspiring, untold story of how Joan Rivers persevered through suicide and the professional abyss to rebuild herself and her career to become a global icon.
Hahn was nominated for an Emmy for “WandaVision” and will soon be seen on Apple TV’s “The Shrink Next Door”. She recently finished filming Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out 2”. Hahn and Berlanti went to Northwestern University together and looked for a project to collaborate on.
Charles Roven and Suckle are executive producers of “The Comeback Girl” for Atlas Entertainment, and Sarah Schechter and David Madden are executive producers for Berlanti Productions. Starch from Atlas Entertainment will be co-executive producer and Leslie Bennetts consultant.
Hahn is represented by Lighthouse Management & Media, Gersh, Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham LLP and Narrative. Carlson is represented by Lighthouse Management & Media and United Talent Agency.