Henry And Max Winkler Team Up For The First Time Limited Series ‘King Rex’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Even if their hit Emmy-winning comedy barry makes its long-awaited return, HBO wants to stay in the business with its star Henry Winkler, as sources tell Deadline that HBO is developing the new limited series King Rex with Henry Winkler attached to the star and his son, Max, directing the pilot. It would be the father-son duo’s first time working together in the company and both Winklers are also exec producing. Alongside them as executive producers are Malcolm Spellman and Nichelle Tramble Spellman who will co-produce with Eli Dansky (the Spellmans have a first-look deal with HBO) through their The 51 banner. Texas Monthly’s Scott Brown and Megan Creydt (who also has a first-look deal with HBO) will also exec produce with Trey Selman writing the pilot and co-exec producing.

Based on the November 1980 Texas Monthly article, “Rex Cauble and the Cowboy Mafia,” by Lawrence Wright, the series will tell the story of a buried treasure of a True Crime mystery—how a kingdom in North Texas to pieces by a gavel, the IRS and the FBI. Henry Winkler will play the gangster Cauble and insiders say the character is straight out of the gangster photo Casino and unlike any character the Emmy winner has ever played.

After decades of playing classic comedic characters on TV, such as the Fonz on Happy Days and Gene Cousineau in barry, the limited series not only gives Henry a different type of character to sink his teeth into, it also gives him the chance to work with his son, something he’s wanted since his son started his own directing career.

Max Winkler recently wrote and directed jungleland starring 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, Winkler directed the pilot earlier this year and executive produced cruel summer, which became the most-watched series ever on Freeform. The next step for Max Winkler is to adapt and direct adventure photographer Ben Moon’s memoir Denali: A Man A Dog, A Friendship Of A Lifetimewhich Max will re-form with Hunnam.

The 51 recently produced the FX/Hulu documentary Hip-hop discovered and Peacock’s new series belair, which has just been revamped by Peacock. This marks Selman’s first major writing assignment.

Henry and Max Winkler are represented by CAA and Management 360. Max is also represented by Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. The Spellmans are represented by CAA, Industry Entertainment, Del Shaw.

Texas Monthly is represented by CAA, Kleinberg Lange. Selman is represented by Lit Entertainment Group, Lichter Grossman.

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