Legendary Comedian Marlon Wayans Inks Overall Deal With HBO Max
Today, HBO Max announced an overall deal with Marlon Wayans, which includes a number of projects in the works from the multi-hyphenate star. On the stand-up front, the deal includes an all-new hour-long special from Wayans along with a multi-act special in which he will serve as host. In addition, HBO Max will have a first look deal at his scripted and unscripted projects.
The first identified scripted project is a half-hour comedy, Book of Marlon, on the hilarious trials of his real life, following the fictionalized version of Wayans as he attempts to reconcile being a good person and father with…being Marlon. The series is co-created by Rick Alvarez, who will also co-write the pilot alongside Wayans.
The untitled stand-up special is a funny, twisted, and extremely honest look at Marlon’s life that digs even deeper than his recent hit special, Woke-ish.
“Marlon is a ‘triple threat’ with an impressive resume that speaks to his acting talent and comedy prowess,” said Suzanna Makkos, Executive Vice President of Original Comedy and Animation for HBO Max. “We are thrilled to have his unique voice and comedic vision join our growing family of creators.”
Marlon and Rick Alvarez have been producing partners for nearly 21 years. Together they have produced movies including Sextuplets, Naked, A Haunted House 1&2, Little Man and White Chicks, and executive produced TV shows such as Marlon, Funniest Wins, and I Can Do That. The pair also executive produced the stand-up special Woke-ish and the award-winning feature documentary Sweet Micky For President. Recently, Wayans and Alvarez have been producing under the Ugly Baby Productions banner.
“I’m excited to be in business with HBO Max. Rick and I have had a lot of success in the streaming space and are excited to work with a company that is equally excited to work with us,” said Wayans. “We look forward to helping both brands grow rapidly and internationally. HBO Max is a great place to continue our mission of putting smiles on people’s faces.”
Wayans and Ugly Baby are repped by 3 Arts, WME and Lawrence Kopeikin and Kevin Yorn of Morris Yorn.
Wayans’ deal joins the growing slate of stand-up offerings from HBO Max, with previously announced specials from Chelsea Handler, Tracy Morgan, John Early, Rose Matafeo, and Ahir Shah, along with a slate of five specials from Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco.
Up next for Wayans are lead roles in MGM’s Respect, opposite Jennifer Hudson and Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks, opposite Bill Murray and Rashida Jones.