HBO’s ‘Bored to Death’ Might Finally Get Its Movie Revival Too
Now that HBO’s Deadwood finally seems on track for a feature follow-up, as well as the network’s overall trend of movie closure (see: Looking, Hello Ladies), one wonders what became of Jonathan Ames’ Bored to Death after its promised movie. Creator Jonathan Ames has plenty to keep him busy on Starz’s Blunt Talk, but could Bored to Death finally live again?
Speaking to Zap2It, Ames acknowledged that his current work with Patrick Stewart on Blunt Talk had taken precedence, though he’d previously turned in one of two potential drafts for an HBO film, the first that the network had apparently rejected:
I actually wrote two ‘Bored to Death’ movie scripts. Then [‘Blunt Talk’] kind of took over my life. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that it could yet happen. I guess the further time goes on, I guess the chance weakens. I guess if interest remains.
I just have to write a script that I’m really happy with. I thought the first one I wrote I was really happy with, but maybe HBO had issues. I still am contractually obligated to write one more draft, so it could happen.
For those unaware, Bored to Death ran for three seasons on HBO until its 2011 cancellation, starring the likes of Jason Schwartzman as an author trying his hand at the private eye life, aided by his friends Ray (Zach Galifianakis) and George (Ted Danson). Set primarily in Brooklyn, the series also featured such guest stars as John Hodgman, Jenny Slate, Patton Oswalt, Kristen Wiig, Mary Steenburgen and Isla Fisher.
As to whether any of the cast would return, Ames offered:
Jason, Ted and Zach, they all wanted to do it. They all love the show, they love the characters. They all, at least initially, were completely on board. Now time has passed, their careers are busy, but it could potentially work. They all wanted to do it. Zach cried. When he saw the email that the show was canceled, he cried onto his keyboard, he said.
It’s hard to imagine a Bored to Death movie among HBO’s priorities (granted, one could theoretically make the same argument of Deadwood), but in the age of revivals and closure, does Bored to Death deserve one last go, should Ames find the time? Here’s a taste below.