We hate when great comedy shows are killed off prematurely, and love when the possibility arises that they might rise from the grave to take over movie screens. The idea of an Arrested Development movie is something that has generated a surplus of questions and speculation, and that project seems to be slowly (slowly) crawling towards the light.
Party Down is a much more recent cancellation, and still more of a niche show than Arrested Development was. But it may actually be closer to hitting movie screens, as producer Rob Thomas says that a movie deal is in the works. Read More »
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Or so a headline trumpets in The Hollywood Reporter.
Veronica Mars is the TV-to-film project that has been the subject of nearly as much speculation as Arrested Development, but every time creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell talk about a possible film, it always comes down to one thing: Warner Bros. holds the rights to the series and isn’t interested in making the film. The reason: not enough of an audience to make it a financial sure thing. But what about other options, like self-financing or a web series? Read More »
I’m still saddened when I think about the loss of the fantastic comedy series Party Down, which Starz understandably canceled when its ratings failed to reach the same heights as its critical acclaim. But now it looks as though the show may find new life, in the form of a similarly-themed show on NBC. Learn more after the break. Read More »
There are two big movies based on canceled TV series that continue to be in that stage of development limbo that leads to ceaseless “yes, it’s happening / no it’s not” quotes from parties involved. One is Veronica Mars, the other Arrested Development.
Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas is now saying that the movie based on his show could still happen. “It’s not dead,” he tells EW before insisting that he still wants to do it before Kristen Bell gets too old to reprise her character. “Kristen Bell had said to somebody that I had written a script, and that wasn’t correct. I did have a treatment and a pitch…And I think [Warner Bros.] did one of their brand-awareness surveys and were like, ‘We don’t know if we can make money with that.’ So it’s been back-burnered. But I still want to do it. I’m still happy to do it. We’re still looking into it.”
Meanwhile, David Cross has been talking about the proposed Arrested Development movie, and seems to think fans shouldn’t hold their breath waiting. Read More »
In March, show creator Rob Thomas gave an update on the developing Veronica Mars movie, stating that “while the pitch went well and I don’t think the movie’s dead, right now it’s looking depressing.” We haven’t heard anything since, and assumed that it’s fallen into the deep dark depths of development heck. Ad now the star of the series, Kristen Bell, is finally conceding that a film will probably never happen.
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With each new episode, Party Down distinguishes itself as one of the funniest and lewdest shows on TV, and one of the coolest that many viewers have not yet seen. Last week, we had a great chat with Martin Starr, and this week we have an interview with Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars). As Kyle Bradway—an aspiring model, actor, rockstar, and server of cocktail weenies—Hansen plays the kind of pink and stoned specimen that is hyper-thriving in Hollywood circa 2009.
Like the other primary characters on Party Down, Kyle is employed at the titular L.A. catering service awaiting the big call. The irony is that as the careers of everyone else fizzle (Adam Scott‘s Henry) or zombify (Jane Lynch‘s Constance), Kyle surfs up the audition ladder on fresh-faced sex appeal. This pisses off his co-worker, the disgruntled, utterly weird screenwriter Roman (Starr), to no end. And in tapping the rude camaraderie between the two, Party Down and Starz may have already struck a tidy mine of black gold.
As exhibited below, some of the bubbly chemistry is actually just Hansen and Starr—characteristically eavesdropping?—nagging each other IRL. Other topics discussed include Party Down‘s myriad connections to Veronica Mars: both shows were created by Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell makes a profane appearance later this season. Hansen also talks about getting shot in the head by the latest incarnation of Jason Voorhees.
Ryan Hansen: Hey Hunter. How are you doing, bro?
/Film: I’m fine. Summer is finally here. So, you’re in Israel right now, eh?
Ryan: I am in Israel, yes…wait…did Martin say this? Did Martin say that? [laughs]
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Last we heard, Rob Thomas was preparing to pitch his treatment for a Veronica Mars big screen movie to executive producer Joel Silver and Warner Bros. So what’s the update? Do you really want to know? It doesn’t sound good… Thomas tells the New York Post that “while the pitch went well and I don’t think the movie’s dead, right now it’s looking depressing.”
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Ausiello has a new update on the prospects of a Veronica Mars movie. Showrunner Rob Thomas tells EW that he is preparing a pitch right now, which he plans to present to Executive Producer “Joel Silver and Warner Bros. in the next week or two to see if they’re interested.” The movie idea follows Veronica solving a crime in a College setting.
But Thomas warns/reminds fans that getting a greenlight to proceed with a screenplay draft doesn’t necessarily mean a film will actually get made: “Unfortunately, that’s only one of several hurdles. I’m going to give it my best shot and let the chips fall where they may.”
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