The music video scene of the '80s seems perfect for comedy — clouds of hairspray, producers scarfing down speed like PAs attacking a Trader Joe snack mix, an A&R rep zonked out on 'Ludes, and Rick Springfield telling somebody to go fuck themselves. None of that may be present in director David Fincher's in-the-works HBO sitcom Living In Video, but easy money says we'll at least get some taste of that sort of mayhem.
The show isn't greenlit, but Deadline reports that there's a script, casting is underway, and that Fincher is confirmed to direct:
Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video centers on Bobby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic. He lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. In the vein of HBO’s Entourage, the series revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of the newcomer.
Fincher, of course, has his roots in visual effects, before transitioning over to become arguably the most successful music video director, and now a leading feature film director...