The Guardian nabbed a pretty good scoop this week in an interview with Jemaine Clement, who revealed that HBO has commissioned him to create a new four-episode comedy show that was originally slated for this year but was pushed back because of the actor’s other projects.
Clement is best known as one half of the musical comedy duo “The Flight of the Conchords,” which he created with pal Bret McKenzie in New Zealand and which went on to feature in a popular British radio series and, of course, an HBO TV show of the same name. The Kiwi actor is working on the new show with director Taika Waititi, who helmed several “Conchords” episodes and co-everything’d (writing, directing, producing, acting) with Clement on their vampire mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows,” which received great notices at this year’s SXSW. (I interviewed Waititi in 2012, after the release of his delightful sophomore film “Boy.”)
Of course, because the Internet is the Internet, the Guardian‘s revelations led to some “Conchords” fans excitedly misinterpreting Clement’s statements to mean that the fan-favorite show would be back for a third season. “Before this rumour gets out of hand — we are not working on a 4 ep Conchords show for hbo,” Clement wrote on Twitter last night. “I am working on another idea with them though, hence the mix-up.”
Nevertheless, there is still some hope for Clement and McKenzie’s fans that Flight of the Conchords will come back in some form. “We talk about a movie every so often,” Clement told the Guardian. “Sometimes it feels like we lost a lot of impetus over the last couple of years. But Bret, James [Bobin, lead director] and me, we all want to do a musical. It would be good to do something all together … I miss playing Flight of the Conchords gigs.”
We’ll be watching. Check out the trailer for “What We Do in the Shadows,” below.