Popular HBO series, and in this case cancelled ones too, have long been a hotbed for rumored movie projects: Entourage, Flight of the Conchords, Sex and the City, etc. We can now add Jason Schwartzman's short-lived series Bored to Death into this category. Vulture reports co-star Ted Danson (you may have heard of him) recently told a French newspaper a 90-minute Bored to Death movie project is in development, while an HBO rep also says discussions have been ongoing and are "at a very early stage."
9 times out of 10, I don't see these previously axed shows turned movies panning out, though Arrested Development and Party Down serve a recent success stories. The difference here is Zach Galfianakis was cast in this show as the best friend of lead character Jonathan Aimes (Schwartzman), author/private investigator, and despite his poor movies as of late, he's still a viable headlining star. Galfianakis played Ray, creator of the penis laden comic book Super Ray and served as one of the funnier characters I've seen in any series. He was definitely the reason I tuned into this show every Sunday, but after 3 seasons HBO had to pull the plug.
Here's the imdb synopsis of Bored to Death if you're unfamiliar with the show or need a refresher,
Inspired by detective stories, A well meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective.
The star power is on their side with Schwartzman and Galfianakis, plus the premise seems very adaptable for a feature film. The show ran 30 minutes and always felt rushed to me, leaving me wanting more. Don't be shocked if this project finds its way out of development hell at much quicker pace than the other cancelled shows gone big screen hits.
Would you like to see a Bored to Death movie, or should it have been left for dead after its run was cut short?