Six Three seasons and a movie!
That seems to be the direction that HBO's cult hit "Bored To Death" is headed, according to news from The Hollywood Reporter today. The cable network has begun development of a feature-length film based on the series. The critical darling featured the adventures of freelance writer and unlicensed private detective Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) and his equally quirky friends, comic book artist Ray (Zach Galifianakis) and former magazine editor/Manhattan socialite George (Ted Danson).
The noir comedy maintained success in the ratings for its first two seasons, bringing in an average of 1 million viewers in its Sunday night timeslot, before beginning to struggle when it was moved to Mondays for its third season, where it picked up only 240,000 viewers in its season premiere. HBO opted to cancel the series at that point, but left the door open to potentially reviving it as film. Danson and Schwartzman had both alluded to writer Jonathan Ames (whom the fictional main character is loosely based on) working on the script and expressed interest in making the film. Danson teased that the script at that point revolved around Jonathan becoming a police officer while Ray and George became roommates, though the film's fairly generic logline does not confirm this: "Jonathan, Ray, and George reunite to fight crime, commit crime, lose their minds and fail at love in a Bored to Death feature-length slapstick adventure."
Creator Ames will return to pen the script and also serve as executive producer on the project, along with series producers Sarah Condon and Stephanie Davis.
"Bored To Death" was definitely one of those series that snuck up on me, in that I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. While Schwartzman's Jonathan was a mixed bag of affable idiosyncracy and annoyance, Danson's lovable stoner and Galifianakis' misanthropic artist were reason enough to tune in, and I for one look forward to checking out the film.