Earlier this year, film duo Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky took to Kickstarter to raise the funds necessary to complete their documentary Indie Game: The Movie. Not only did they manage to exceed their goal (to the tune of $36,335), but the film made it all the way to the Sundance Film Festival. Now, it turns out that HBO is planning to turn the documentary into a TV show.
Scott Rudin (known for producing pictures like The Social Network, True Grit, and Moneyball) has acquired the rights to remake the movie into a TV show on the channel that’s brought us award-winning content like A Game of Thrones , True Blood, and Deadwood. Early reports were claiming that this new TV show would be a comedy, but Pajot and Swirsky are claiming otherwise on Facebook:
HBO has optioned [Indie Game: The Movie] for the basis of a (fictional) series. It is NOT a comedy. It is NOT a sitcom.
The information came out and someone filled in a blank, and this is why: The (potential) show is being developed within the 1/2 hour department within HBO.
We are told that 1/2 hr department is often shorthanded ‘comedy department’. Full hour dept = ‘drama department’. That is the basis of the ‘Comedy’ label.
I haven’t seen Indie Game: The Movie yet, but the trailer certainly looks impressive – especially with some of the photography. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of show Rudin’s able to craft from the documentary’s premise, but we’ll probably have to wait a while before we get to find out.