Jack Black and Tim Robbins to Star in HBO Comedy ‘The Brink’

Thursday, November 14, 2013
By Kevin Crossman

Longtime collaborators Jack Black and Tim Robbins will star in a pilot for a new HBO series The Brink for director Jay Roach, Deadline reported.

The Brink is described as an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins), a man of big appetites and little patience for the war mongers in the Situation Room;  Coppins (Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer reluctantly caught on the ground in the middle of it all; and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Callahan. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III.

Tim Robbins and Jack Black

Tim Robbins and Jack Black

This would represent the first starring vehicle on TV for Black since the last Tenacious D episode aired in 2000, shortly after the failed pilot for Ben Stiller’s Heat Vision and Jack (which also starred Owen Wilson and Christine Taylor). ¬†Black’s big screen credits have been thin for the past couple years, with the actor appearing in an extended cameo in The Muppets and the poorly received comedy The Big Year in 2011, and with the well-received lead role in Bernie last year. Black is currently filming Sex Tape with Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz. Black did spend much of 2012 and 2013 recording and touring with Tenacious D.

Tim Robbins and Jack Black go way back, with Black’s first film role in Robbins’ film Bob Roberts. The two have also worked together in Dead Man Walking, Cradle Will Rock, High Fidelity, and Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny. Notably, Black was front and center at Robbins’ Walk of Fame ceremony (pictured below, with Robbins’ then-partner Susan Sarandon)

Tim Robbins Hollywood Walk of Fame

Tim Robbins Hollywood Walk of Fame

Roach seems well-suited for the project, recently helming the politically themed The Campaign on screen and Game Change for HBO. No word yet on the casting for the ace pilot role.

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