Hoffman was set to star in “Happyish,” a dark comedy from Showtime that had been slated to premiere later in 2014. The cable channel showed a teaser to reporters in January, to mostly good responses. Hoffman starred as the creative director of an ad agency who rages at his new, twenty-something bosses and the notion of “rebranding” himself.
Nothing beyond the pilot, however, has been shot thus far. A Showtime rep tells Zap2it that the show had begun work on scripts for subsequent episodes, but it had yet to go into production.
Showtime hasn’t made any decisions on the future of “Happyish,” which was created by novelist and “This American Life” Shalom Auslander.
“It was a great privilege and pleasure to work with him and we are all absolutely devastated by this sudden loss,” the channel says in a statement. “Our thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time.”
“Happyish” was one of several projects Hoffman had in the works, including the final installments of “The Hunger Games” movies. He had largely completed work on “Mockingjay” parts 1 and 2 but still had several scheduled days remaining, according to reports. He also starred in a pair of movies, “God’s Pocket” and “A Most Wanted Man,” that were picked up for distribution at January’s Sundance Film Festival.