Will Ferrell's Spoofy IFC Miniseries Gets Silly First Teaser

By Nick Venable 2013-06-05 21:18:58 discussion comments
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With four features behind them Ė five, if you could the upcoming Anchorman: The Legend Continues - and the hugely popular Funny or Die website as their giant sandbox, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are one of the comedic forces in Hollywood. So it makes sense that these guys would be responsible for bringing ďthe most epic achievement in the history of televisionĒ to the world at large with their next project The Spoils of Babylon, which got its first sneak peak from IFC, seen above.

Granted, the teaser doesnít actually give us any new information about the project, but it solidifies the over-the-top attitude of mock self-importance that the project really needs to hang its hat on to be successful. I mean, when youíve got greed, lust, love and war as your storyís backdrop, the story opportunities are endless, but just hope the tone remains steady throughout, and they donít rely solely on TV gimmicks like filming on 93mm ďBreak-Take-O-Scope.Ē Iím pretty sure thatís how Lonesome Dove and The Thorn Birds were filmed, and those miniseries arenít even in production anymore! (Kidding, obviously.)

Based on the (fake) bestselling novel of the same name, The Spoils of Babylon will span three generations and timelines, leading viewers into oil fields, battlefields, boardrooms and bedrooms, through a tale involving espionage, booze, pills, infidelity and the Shah of Iran. It stars Ferrell, Tim Robbins, Kristen Wiig, Michael Sheen, Tobey Maguire, Haley Joel Osment, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer and Steve Tom. So it really doesnít have much of an excuse to be anything but amazing. But it still could be. I hope itís at least as good as Adult Swimís The Heart, She Holler from a couple of years ago, just with a better budget.

The miniseries will come to IFC in six-half hour episodes at some point in late 2013.
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