'Bored to Death' Theatrical Movie in Development at HBO

Jordan Zakarin
The Hollywood Reporter
'Bored to Death' Theatrical Movie in Development at HBO

Bored to Death may be coming back to life -- and bigger than ever before.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that HBO is developing a theatrical motion picture that would continue the quirky adventures of the Brooklyn-based writer/amateur private eye played by Jason Schwartzman for three 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.

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"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 -- at least then -- 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.

Bored to Death, which enjoyed ratings success early on its run, brought in north of 1 million viewers on Sunday nights in its second season. It started to struggle from the start of its third season, opening to just 240,000 viewers when moved to Monday nights in October 2011.

Ames, who has written several memoirs and novels, including The Extra Man, which was turned into a 2010 film starring Kevin Klein and Paul Dano. He recently released a short, noir novella called You Were Never Really Here.

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