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HBO’s ‘Bored to Death’ Movie: Jonathan Ames Gives an Update

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Back in 2011, ‘Bored to Death‘ fans were disappointed (albeit not entirely surprised) to hear that HBO would decline a fourth season of the Jonathan Ames-written, Jason Schwartzman-starring noir comedy. Early this year, however, we were equally surprised and delighted to hear that HBO had officially green-lit development of a TV movie to wrap up the series, but what might change in between season 3 and the movie? Series creator Jonathan Ames himself previews what Jonathan, Ray and Christopher will get up to in the ‘Bored to Death’ movie inside!

It remains to be seen if HBO will officially option a ‘Bored to Death’ movie after series creator Jonathan Ames turns in his script, but we certainly hope they will given how THE season 3 finale left its lead character (Jason Schwartzman) tentatively holding back news that he’d accidentally slept with his own half-sister Rose (Isla Fisher). Vulture had a chance to speak to the real-life Ames on the progress of the movie, first and foremost revealing that lingering plot thread wouldn’t go unaddressed.

Rather than move forward with tentative plans to have Rose committed to an asylum from the shock, however, Ames revealed, “Jonathan is very affected by it in the movie — I won’t say how or why, but it’s a few years later. It’s not entirely the plan for the fourth season, because it’s like cupcakes to cake with the movie.” Noting that the movie should be accessible to all, Ames continues, “I have to think of the people who’ve never seen any of this before, so I don’t want to do a lot of tying off of things for the more dedicated fan.”

Ames wouldn’t lock down an express timetable for the movie’s production, rather waiting to finish the script, see HBO’s reaction and gauge actor availability:

I don’t know what kind of budget we’ll have, it might still be small, but there are a number of big images I want to go to, that I was going to do anyway to be cinematic, to be silly and/or beautiful.

So in the movie, I’ll have several of those. Obviously I want a good story, but so much of the charm of the show was anecdotal, them just talking. So that’s the challenge, and I hope I can pull it off for 90 minutes.

Well, what say you? Are you optimistic for the chances of a ‘Bored to Death’ movie? What plot threads would you like to see explored if HBO officially picks up Jonathan Ames’ script?

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