January 23, 2012 1:00 AM | John Polson
Amid the Sundance Festival thrills and sensations, rumors surfaced today that Indie Game: The Movie (IGTM) was going to be made into a half-hour comedy series on HBO. There's a bit of truth to that, shares Blinkworks Media's James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot on IGTM's Facebook page: "HBO has optioned IGTM for the basis of a (fictional) series."
However, they reassure everyone that it will not be a comedy, nor will it be 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 IGTM show is being produced by Scott Rudin, who has produced 'The Social Network', 'True Grit', 'Moneyball', and 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. I imagine these talks were in the works prior to Sundance. To give a taste of the recent buzz IGTM has been getting, Entertainment Weekly ranked it #9 in the top 12 must-see movies at Sundance 2012.
Man, these two filmmakers are truly indie superstars! For fun, anyone well versed in Hollywood and TV trivia, let me hear in the comments who'd play a good Phil Fish, Edmund McMillen, Tommy Refenes, and Jonathan Blow.