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Indie Game: The Movie optioned by HBO for series

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 by

I doubt many of you are aware of “Indie Game: The Movie.” It is a Kickstarter-funded documentary that follows the lives of four indie game developers, most notably the two-man team behind Super Meat Boy, at various stages of video game development. Educate yourself, fools!

Now that you’re boned up, the filmmakers behind the movie have released the following information about HBO optioning their movie.

From the Indie Game: The Movie Facebook Fan Page:

Okay…here we go. We were in a screening of IGTM when some news hit.

We heard the same news you did, and were also a bit surprised. Not by the base information, but rather, we were a bit surprised by the terms used.

HBO has optioned IGTM 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.

The show is being produced by Scott Rudin – the producer of ‘The Social Network’, ‘True Grit’, ‘Moneyball’, ‘Dragon Tattoo’ & nearly everything Wes Anderson.

Fantastic, beautiful, honest, cinema. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0748784/)

The people involved, the network involved – all are, BY FAR, the best people possible to make this show.

We are ecstatic about the possibilities of working with this team. All you need to do is look at the list of HBO series titles & Scott Rudin’s IMDB and you can see why we think this is a brilliant thing. We want to see this show happen. We want to watch this show.

Indie Game: The Movie is an exceptionally sincere piece of work. It’s about the struggles, talent and dynamics that go into creating something personal; something different. It’s about the good and the bad that comes from completely dedicating your life to a piece of work that you want to share with the world.

In the film, sometimes the road to creating that piece of work is a little bumpy and doesn’t go as smoothly as planned. And that’s a little bit of what’s happening here.

As more information becomes available, we’ll definitely share.

-James & Lisanne

That’s right. A FICTIONAL series. You know, because documentaries are boring.

Still, that’s some interesting pedigree right there. I have had a soft spot for Wes Anderson movies since the first time I watched Rushmore.

Yeah, that’s right. I didn’t start watching Wes Anderson movies with Bottle Rocket. I also fell asleep during The Fantastic Mr. Fox.What are you gonna do about it?

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  • Markham Asylum

    Very cool. I’m not generally into TV shows, but I need to see that movie.

    • Fade to Slack

      Yeah, I hear Jonathon Blow is even more aloof than normal when a camera is on him.

      I want to watch just for the Team Meat stuff. I wonder if McMillen talks about using PETA for promotional purposes.