IFC announced today that Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are bringing a six-part series to their network, and it looks all kinds of weird and wonderful. The show, called The Spoils of Babylon, is a parody of overly dramatic television miniseries events. It's high concept is that you're watching an adaptation of a fictional novel by author Eric Jonrosh, played by Ferrell. The Hollywood Reporter describes it as "like Dallas meets Forrest Gump, but ironically," which is about as confusing as it is intriguing.
What's also intriguing is this trailer we found at Prettybird, which is described as "a creative think tank that provides clients with distinct visionary work across an ever-evolving entertainment and branding landscape." The trailer is featured on Prettybird's page for Matt Piedmont, the director of and an executive producer on the project. Watch and get a sense of the project's vintage feel.
IFC, which Ferrell called "either really courageous or really stupid" according to the Los Angeles Times, also greenlit a sketch-comedy show, The Birthday Boys, executive produced by Ben Stiller and Bob Odenkirk, who will be going for a kind of Mr. Show style once again, by way of an L.A. comedy troupe that's big on YouTube. The Spoils of Babylon will come to IFC late 2013.
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