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Jude Law to Star in Taika Waititi’s Showtime Horror-Comedy ‘The Auteur’

Hollywood satire pairs ”Jojo Rabbit“ writer-director with Peter Warren

Jude Law is set to star in “The Auteur,” a horror-comedy in development at Showtime, that will be executive produced and co-written by Taika Waititi.

Desperate to make a great horror movie after a massive bomb, a film producer accidentally traps his production on a backlot with a serial killer. “The Auteur” is a gonzo horror-comedy, a twisted romance and a glamorous, high wire act of biting satire. Waititi, who is coming off an Oscar win for “Jojo Rabbit” and is set to direct the next “Thor” film, would co-write the series with Peter Warren as well as direct some of the episodes. Law is also an executive producer on the project.

Showtime has ordered multiple scripts for the half-hour series.

“The Auteur” will be Law’s next TV project after his two seasons on HBO’s “The Young Pope” (the second installment was titled “The New Pope” co-starred John Malkovich). Law is next set to begin filming the third film in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise for Warner Bros. On the TV side, Waititi most recently filmed the first-season finale for Disney+’s “The Mandalorian.”

“‘The Auteur’ unites the wildly imaginative filmmaker Taika Waititi and the barbed wit of Peter Warren with the undeniable Jude Law in a bloody love letter to the movies that will make you simultaneously die laughing and want to run for your life,” said Showtime’s executive vice president of scripted programming Amy Israel.

The project, produced by Showtime and Legendary with Endeavor Content serving as studio, is based on the graphic novel by Rick Spears, James Callahan and Luigi Anderson. Eric Gitter and Dan Halsted will also serve as executive producers.