David Spade hasn’t had an objectively great comedy role in a long time, but that’s all about to change—in theory—thanks to HBO, Diablo Cody, and Jason Reitman. According to The Wrap, Spade is set to star in a new HBO comedy series from Cody and Reitman (the team behind Juno, Young Adult, and Tully) about a washed-up, semi-famous grunge rocker who fell out of the spotlight in the ‘90s after getting addicted to heroin. Now, years later, he’s sober and working as a waiter when he meets a young actress named Bailey who changes his life “in unexpected and electrifying ways.”
The project doesn’t have a title yet, but Cody will write, Reitman will direct, and Spade will somehow try to convince us that he’s a cool, Kurt Cobain-type dude and not a medium-cool, David Spade-type dude. Joe Dirt was kind of a cool dude, right? Yeah, Spade will be fine.