These days, most TV shows that are rumored for the film treatment are beloved series’ struck down in their prime. Arrested Development and Party Down might come back for one last hurrah, but the fact that they ended prematurely always counts as a black mark on their prospects.
It would be fair to say, however, that Flight of the Conchords isn’t one of those shows. Its two-season run on HBO started, ran, and ended on the terms of creators James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, and Bret McKenzie, and they’ve all moved on to other things in the past two and a half years or so. Bobin happens to be the director of this week’s The Muppets, and McKenzie even made some musical contributions to the beloved characters’ revitalization. Now, it looks as though they want to give the same treatment to their own original work.
McKenzie told THR that a film version of Conchords could be coming; they’re “gonna try and do a movie,” and they “just need a story.” Bear in mind, this was only a passing comment that could just be wishful thinking on his part, but it’s at least the first we’ve heard of such a thing; I certainly prefer an initial comment to one of Arrested Development‘s 10 cast members intermittently saying “the script’s being worked on.” In the meantime, you can buy the entire series or listen to their multiple albums to hold you over, if the desire for a possible feature film is strong enough. There are no better ideas on my part when it comes to waiting this one out, if you can’t already tell.
Would you want to see a Flight of the Conchords movie? Were you a fan of the original show or their musical work?
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