Emmy winner director Alan Taylor has signed on to direct HBO's comedy pilot Bored to Death, starring Jason Schwartzman.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Jonathan Ames-penned project centers on a struggling thirtysomething writer with a drinking problem in Brooklyn who, following a painful breakup with his girlfriend, decides to emulate his heroes from the novels of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. He takes out an ad pretending to be a private detective and starts taking cases -- solving some and making others worse.

Taylor has a long-standing relationship with HBO. He won an Emmy for his work on The Sopranos.

Bored to Death will film in September in New York.