IFC has greenlit the original scripted comedy /shows/the-spoils-of-babylon/The Spoils of Babylon produced by Funny or Die. Putting their talent behind the show as executive producers are Will Ferrell (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), Adam McKay (Step Brothers), Matt Piedmont (Casa de Mi Padre), who also directs and co-writes and Andrew Steele (Saturday Night Live), who also co-wrote the script. /shows/the-spoils-of-babylon/The Spoils of Babylon is a television adaptation of a best-selling epic novel by fictional famous author Eric Jonrosh (played by Ferrell) and will feature an ensemble cast to be announced later. The century-spanning saga chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of a family who made their fortune in the oil business. IFC has ordered six, half-hour episodes to premiere in late 2013. Here's what Will Ferrell had to say about the project.
"This is a crazy and maybe even a stupid idea. IFC is either really courageous or really stupid which makes them the perfect partner for us."
In the vein of The Thorn Birds and The Winds of War, the epic story of /shows/the-spoils-of-babylon/The Spoils of Babylon spans three generations, taking viewers from the oil fields of Texas to boardrooms in New York City, through world war battlefields and velvet sheeted bedrooms. As the story unfolds, the booze, the passion and the heartache lead to illegal arms deals and international espionage with the Shah of Iran not to mention the creation of the doomed sub-prime market. IFC president Jennifer Caserta released the following statement.
"The opportunity to partner with Funny or Die and this enormously accomplished team known for their genre-bending, over-the-top satire immediately drew us to this project. We couldn't have found better talent to parody this genre of television."