It's been two years since new episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm last graced our television sets, but creator and star Larry David seems in no rush to make a decision about whether the comedy will be back at all, much less start work on a new season.
"That's not such a good question," David told reporters at Thursday's Television Critics Association's fall TV previews when asked about a possible ninth season. "I have not [decided]. I don't know. I really don't know. I couldn't say. Ask me in six months."
So what's the holdup for? "I'm just an indecisive fellow. You should see me at a restaurants," David said. "It's a big decision to decide to do a season of that show. I don't take it lightly."
Thankfully for David fans, the writer-actor has kept busy in his downtime. David wrote and stars in HBO's new TV movie, Clear History, which premieres on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 9/8c. David said he decided to do the film while contemplating Curb's future. "I was thinking about Curb or thinking about doing a movie and I thought, you know, perhaps it's time I try something else so I decided to do the movie," he said. "I was thinking of either doing one or the other. I just thought it was time to try something else."
In the film, which also stars Jon Hamm, Bill Hader, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Amy Ryan, Michael Keaton and Eva Mendes, David plays a former marketing executive at a start-up electric car company who surrendered his shares and quit the company after a fight with his boss. Ten years later, the company is hugely successful, and Nathan (David) decides to get revenge against his old boss (Hamm).
Clear History is David's first feature film script since 1998's Sour Grapes, which he also directed. "This was more like a Curb experience in that we were improvising it and I didn't have to worry about directing and I could just act," David said. "So on the set it was more fun."
The creative process, David says, was very similar to that on Curb. "This was entirely improvised," director Greg Mottola said. "There's a 35-page treatment with all of the scenes but none of the dialogue."
Although several members of the movie's ensemble don't have improv backgrounds like David and much of the Curb cast, he only had praise for his co-stars. "Everybody in the movie just took to it so easily," David said. "No buyer's remorse."
However, fans of Curb will recognize one familiar face. Despite David's original intentions not to allow for any overlap, J.B. Smoove was one of the first to sign on. "J.B. and Larry together is pure gold," Mottola said. "What kept me up at night was the worry that movie was either going to be too much like Curb or not enough like Curb. There's no right answer."
With Curb Your Enthusiasm's future still unknown, will Clear History lead to more film projects? David is just as ambivalent. "We'll see how this goes," David said. "I could do a film every six or seven or eight years."
Clear History premieres on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 9/8c. Will you tune in for Clear History? Do you want another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm?