IFC Orders Will Ferrell Mine-Series THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING
Following the popularity and success of this year's The Spoils of Babylon, IFC has ordered a second round of Funny Or Die's epic storytelling from the "Spoils" franchise. The latest book-to-screen adaption from fictional literary author Eric Jonrosh is titled The Spoils Before Dying. The monumental television event will premiere in summer 2015 with six brand new episodes.
Author-director-writer Eric Jonrosh (played by Will Ferrell) will be returning as the wine loving bon vivant who opens and closes each riveting episode with his personal insight. A new all-star cast will round out the comedic miniseries. The Spoils Before Dying is executive produced by Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. Steele and Piedmont return as writers, with Piedmont also directing.
The Spoils Before Dying, based on Jonrosh's first best-selling novel, will take viewers into the seedy underbelly of the 1950s jazz scene, in a detective story positively buzzing with erotic charge. It follows a jazz-pianist turned private eye who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation that spins out of control and leads him down paths - romantic and otherwise - he never expected.
"With IFC's renewed partnership with Funny or Die, Eric Jonrosh and his most-prized works will continue to entertain and enthrall audiences for generations to come," said Jennifer Caserta, IFC's president.
The Spoils executive producers share in IFC's enthusiasm. Will Ferrell said, "Hang on to your hats America! This one's going to be totally bonkers!"
Matt Piedmont chimed in that "television audiences haven't clamored this much for a second season since After M*A*S*H*."
Andrew Steele said, "Eric Jonrosh is a drunk who urinated in my sink when he came to our house for dinner, but damn he writes great miniseries."
Adam McKay concluded, "The first Spoils mini-series beat the NFL and Big Bang Theory in ratings (adults: ages 74-92) and changed the way Americans talk, think and prepare meat. We anticipate this new series from Jonrosh with Steele and Piedmont becoming the most watched television event in the history of earth."
Jonrosh first introduced television audiences to his storytelling brilliance with the masterful adaptation of his novel The Spoils of Babylon, a sweeping chronicle of the provocative and captivating exploits of the Morehouse family. One of IFC's most watched and buzzed-about comedies, The Spoils of Babylon showcased a historic cast, including Jessica Alba, Will Ferrell, Jellybean Howie, Val Kilmer, Tobey Maguire, Haley Joel Osment, Tim Robbins, Michael Sheen, Steve Tom and Kristen Wiig, with cameos by Molly Shannon and David Spade.
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