Speaking at last week’s GQ Gentlemen’s Ball in New York, Ted Danson revealed some very promising details about the potentially-upcoming Bored to Death movie, based on the HBO series that was canceled a year ago.
The first nugget of information was the simple statement that the movie is very nearly confirmed. “The deal is about to be signed,” he remarked. “[Creator Jonathan Ames] is writing it as we speak. I’m very excited.” As is the small movement of cult fans that has been hankering for a 90-minute movie since the show’s cancellation.
HBO isn’t commenting further than their statement months ago confirming the two parties were in the very early stages of conversation regarding a possible movie deal, but Danson has been on board with the project since its earliest speculation.
Bored to Death ran for three seasons on HBO, telling the story of protagonist writer Jonathan Ames (named after the creator, yes) who decides to become a Craigslist private detective in his spare time as a source of literary inspiration, with the help of sidekick cartoonist Ray, played by Zach Galifianakis, and New York magazine editor and stoner George, played by Danson. It was one of those shows with a very unique rhythm and tone, which made its cancellation especially disappointing, and news of its possible cinematic comeback very hopeful.
The prospective film sounds consistent with the show’s oddball plots, according to Danson:
“I think Jason becomes a policeman, which means, for him, a traffic cop,” he said. “He’ll have a traffic-cop go-kart kind of thing. And I think Ray and I move in together, both of us without relationships. And then: hijinks. All hell breaks loose. That’s about as much as I know.”
Sounds promising. This also seems to be a growing trend, with movie revivals of cancelled shows Arrested Development and Party Down expected in the next year.
What are your thoughts? Are you as excited as Ted Danson? Are there other shows that should be brought back to the screen? Would you pay to see Hung: The Movie? Are there some shows that just should be left alone?
Source: Wall Street Journal