Indie Game: The Movie Levels Up Into HBO Series


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.

Source: Facebook, Deadline

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