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Bored to Death - HBO officially involved in developing feature follow-up

In this grim night marked by ABC's unofficial cancellation the very good Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, a silver lining has broken through : the Bored to Death film is getting a few centimeters closer from happening !

Bored to Death may be coming back to life, and bigger than ever before. Jonathan Ames is scripting what would be a continuation of the Brooklyn-set comedy.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that HBO is developing a feature film that would continue the quirky adventures of the writer/amateur private eye played by Jason Schwartzman for 3 seasons between 2009-2011.

The show, created and scripted by author/essayist Jonathan Ames -- which was also the name of Schwartzman's character -- was a light-hearted, modern-day neo-noir that co-starred Zach Galifianakis (as Jonathan's perennially-frustrated friend Ray) and Ted Danson (as George, his stoner former editor), both of whom would return for the film.

"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", the film's logline reads. Ames will write and executive produce the project, while Sarah Condon and Stephanie Davis, who worked on the show, will also exec produce.

Word first broke about the potential project in June; Danson mentioned it at the GQ Gentleman's Ball in October, adding that the script saw Jonathan become a police officer, and Ray and George become roommates.

Earlier in January, Schwartzman, who is close friends with Ames, told THR that Ames was working on the script, and that he'd love to make the film. Asked about his character's signature trench coat, he joked, "I hope it still fits". The pair are also working on another writing project together.


So now it's official, HBO has announced they are developing a film adaptation - thus far it was just wishes from the cast (and us !) while Ames was penning the script.

Feature film means that it will be released on the big screen, that this isn't a TV movie, right ? If so, this is a surprising (although Zach Galifianakis is a bankable actor) but very exciting news, don't you think ?

With a big screen film comes a bigger production span, unfortunately we're not going to see more of Jonathan, Ray and George anytime soon.

Of course, studio execs are greedy people only interested in making the film if there's a profit to be made, so do your part (like I did), show your interest and buy the Blu-ray sets of seasons 1-3, you won't regret it no matter what ! It worked for Firefly, Family Guy and Futurama, Netflix views made season 4 of AD happen, so it can't hurt (and if you have HBO Go and don't know what to catch up on, I think they have all their past shows on this platform).

EDIT : Deadline also confirms that this a theatrical movie we're talking about ! Nothing is set in stone, but still, bring out the pot and the Chardonnay !

EDIT #2 : Jonathan Ames cleared up any confusion about this : the Bored to Death film will not be released in cinemas, it will air on HBO. Deadline changed the content of their article to reflect that. Still, more Bored to Death is awesome, no matter the medium.

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