Back in 2020, Marlon Wayans signed an overall deal with HBO Max, which resulted in him getting his own stand-up special on the platform last year. Part of that deal was a new semi-autobiographical series titled The Book of Marlon.
Well, obviously a lot of things are being very publicly shifted around at HBO Max. And now, Marlon Wayans can add his name to that list. This morning it was announced that Wayans is moving his series from HBO Max over to Starz.
The series apparently focuses on “the hilarious trials of his real life,” according to the official synopsis, “following the fictionalized version of Wayans as he attempts to reconcile being a good person and father with…being Marlon.”
Wayans will co-write and produce the show as well alongside longtime producing partner Rick Alvarez. Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin will also co-write and serve as show-runners. Oddly enough, Warner Bros. Television will still be producing.
“We are beyond thrilled to develop this sophisticated and hilarious series with Marlon, Diallo, Bashir and Rick, who each bring their own level of artistry and authenticity to everything they touch,” said Kathryn Busby, president of original programming at Starz. “I’ve long admired Diallo’s and Bashir’s work, and I’m excited to be working on a project as special as this with the incomparable Marlon Wayans at the center.”
“We’re excited to be in business with such enthusiastic partners,” Wayans said. “Starz is a big brand, and we are happy to bring some smiles to the table. It’s great to know that we can push the envelope and get into some good, fun trouble with this project on this platform. Diallo and Bashir are good friends and great collaborators. ‘Book of Marlon’ will be smart, fun and twisted with a dash of heart and a whole lot of unapologetic humor.”
“We believe Marlon is a once-in-a-generation talent and we’re thrilled to finally be working with him in this capacity on a show,” added Riddle and Salahuddin. “We can’t wait for people to get a glimpse of what his real life is like and we can’t thank STARZ enough for allowing us to do so in an unflinchingly honest way.”