‘Bored to Death’ Creator Jonathan Ames Gives an Update on the Movie’s Progress

     August 20, 2015


Jonathan Ames‘ Emmy-award winning HBO series Bored to Death ran for three seasons between 2009 and 2011, but there’s been little solid progress for a revisit to the show since then. Last we heard, in 2012 HBO was mulling over a feature film that would act as a fitting send-off for the show after deciding not to renew it. All has been relatively quiet about the Jason Schwartzman-starring noir comedy series in which he played a struggling writer masquerading as a private detective, but we’ve got a new update on the movie project that confirms its still alive.

In an interview with Ames and Patrick Stewart for their new show, Blunt Talk, Steve got a chance to ask for an updated on the Bored to Death movie. Not only did Ames reveal where he’s at with the script, he also shared which actors from Bored to Death will make an appearance in Blunt Talk as new characters. Keep an eye out for Steve’s full interview with Ames and Stewart, and watch what he had to say about the Bored to Death movie below:


Collider: I’m a big fan of Bored to Death so I have to ask, is there any movement on anything, or is it quiet time?


Jonathan Ames: What I like is that, in some ways, it’s still very much alive, people keep asking me about it, which is great. I’ve written two drafts of a Bored to Death movie, but I don’t know that they’re quite right so I’m going to take a third crack at it at some point. But we do have Jason Schwartzman in this first season of Blunt Talk. Again, that was a very memorable scene. I don’t want to give too much away but Jason has always reminded me of a young Al Pacino, so we have an homage to Dog Day Afternoon with [him] and Patrick. So, for fans of Bored to Death, you’ll have a little bit of Jason Schwartzman, and other characters that were on that show. I had the actors – Brett Gelman, John Hodgman – different characters, wonderful characters in Blunt Talk.

While it’s never a great feeling to watch a favorite TV show go off the air without a satisfying conclusion, this current climate that sees Netflix, Amazon, and other online content providers pick up fan-favorite shows means that a network end is not necessarily a series end. We’ll have to see how Ames’ new series Blunt Talk is received to gauge how much time he’ll have available to finish up his movie treatment. Would you want to see a revival? Let us know in the comments below!

As for Blunt Talk, you can catch the series premiere at 9pm on Saturday, August 22nd on Starz. Stewart plays egotistical Los Angeles talk show host William Blunt, who must attempt to stop his show from being cancelled after his drunken outburst gets him in trouble with the network. Check back soon for Allison’s review.

Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson star in Bored to Death.

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