The highly anticipated life story of comedy icon Joan Rivers The Comeback Girl is facing a production halt due to a major legal issue. In this Showtime project, which was announced last month, WandaVision famed Kathryn Hahn was set to play the role of the legendary comedian.
The Comeback Girl was to be jointly produced by Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions, and Atlas Entertainment. The limited series was going to be directed by Gerg Berlanti, one of the executive producers. Actress Kathryn Hann was attached to the project as the lead star and also an executive producer. The series was based on a spec script written by Cosmo Carlson.
The production of the series is not moving forward now due to the issues about the life rights of Joan Rivers. Rivers’ life rights are held by her daughter Melissa Rivers, since the comedian’s demise in 2014. These rights had not been secured yet by the producers of the series. To avoid the dispute, the project could have continued as an unauthorized venture, but then it wouldn’t be able to use any of Rivers’ unique jokes or iconic catchphrases, compromising the quality and merit of the series as a result. It is not officially confirmed yet, that whether Melissa Rivers has any other plan for biographical projects on her late mother, using her life rights.
The theme of the limited series was centered on a hazardous time in Joan Rivers’ life. It was set in the period aftermath of the cancellation of The Late Show, Rivers’ controversial late-night talk show on Fox. Fatefully, the period coincided with the suicide of Rivers’ then-husband and The Late Show producer Edgar Rosenberg, who was Melissa Rivers’ father. The series wanted to portray the extraordinary life of the trailblazer comedy superstar, and the inspiring untold story of her comeback from the professional and personal abyss to rebuild herself as a global icon.