Rami Malek linked to new Buster Keaton TV series

Oscar and Emmy-winning actor Rami Malek is being linked to a new TV series based on the life and career of legendary Hollywood star Buster Keaton.

Malik, 41, is well known on TV for his starring performance in the computer hacker series Mr Robot for which he won an Emmy and in more recent times for his portrayal of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody for which he won numerous awards including the Oscar for Best Actor.

According to Deadline, James Curtis’ Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life is being lined up as the source material for a new TV show that is thought to be being put together by Warner Bros. Television.

Born in 1895, Buster Keaton is one of the earliest stars of the movies, appearing in and directing a number of classic films including The Playhouse, Cops, The Electric House, Sherlock Jr and The General in the 1920s.

Known for his stoic and deadpan look and his appearances in many comic works that earned him the nickname The Great Stone Face, Keaton is most associated with silent movies.

Considered one of the greats of the moving picture world, Keaton is regularly ranked among the greatest directors and actors of all time.

In 1996, Entertainment Weekly magazine voted Buster Keaton the seventh-greatest film director of all time. They wrote that “more than Chaplin, Keaton understood movies: He knew they consisted of a four-sided frame in which resided a malleable reality off which his persona could bounce. A vaudeville child star, Keaton grew up to be a tinkerer, an athlete, a visual mathematician; his films offer belly laughs of mind-boggling physical invention and a spacey determination that nears philosophical grandeur.”

Keaton’s influence in the film industry has lived on long since his death in 1966, with many directors including Mel Brooks, Martin Scorsese and Orson Welles citing Keaton as an influence on their works.