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by Alison Willmore
January 22, 2013 5:10 PM
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HBO May Actually Make That 'Bored to Death' Movie

Ted Danson, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Schwartzman in 'Bored to Death' Jessica Miglio/HBO

Rumors of a movie continuation of "Bored to Death," the Jonathan Ames-created quirky comedy that HBO canceled after three seasons in 2011, have been percolating ever since Ted Danson, one of its stars, started telling the press that a deal was close to being signed in October of 2012. An actor mentioning that a script is being worked on is still far from a project being a done deal, but today the Hollywood Reporter writes that a "Bored to Death" film is indeed in development at the premium cable channel.

The project will focus on the continuing adventures of Brooklyn-based novelist turned unlicensed private investigator Jonathan (Jason Schwartzman), his graphic novelist friend Ray (Zach Galifianakis) and his perpetually high former editor George (Danson). Ames will write the project and executive produce it alongside Sarah Condon and Stephanie Davis. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film's logline reads "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."

Ames helped adapt his own novel "The Extra Man" into a 2010 feature directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini.


  • Andrew | January 22, 2013 5:53 PMReply

    I think this would be a huge mistake. Other series that have been cut short on HBO ("Deadwood" comes to mind) are much more deserving of a movie, even those that are still running or reached a proper conclusion. "Bored to Death" is one of the great genre failures in recent memory. With a strong cast full of people I love to watch... I couldn't stand the series. I wanted to like it, but at the end of the day. it's a non-funny comedy and a non-dark noir rolled into a weird package.

  • Shagatron | April 28, 2013 2:59 PM

    Don't worry, Andrew. You're just really dumb. My argument against a movie is how well the final season wrapped up. It ended in such a dark, bizarre way that a movie could never surpass that.

  • KG | January 27, 2013 8:55 PM

    I disagree with Andrew. The show is fantastic. It's nice and easy, pleasant, subtle and just plain entertaining.