Since production just started this week, it's not terribly surprising that the first trailer for The Spoils of Babylon does not include any actual footage. Instead, the video touts the literary prowess of famous fictional author Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell), whose "book" this six-episode mini-series is based on. Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire star as adopted siblings Cythina and Devon Moorehouse, who run the oil business started by their father Jonas (Tim Robbins) while fighting romantic urges they have for one another. Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Haley Joel Osment, and Michael Sheen are also confirmed to star in this series, debuting on IFC in early 2014.
The Spoils of Babylon is a television adaptation of a best-selling epic novel by fictional famous author Eric Jonrosh (Ferrell) whose library spans 57 best sellers in 85 different languages. Jonrosh's other titles include: The Spoils of Galaxy 7, The Spoils of Grasping for God, The Spoils of the Sahara, The Spoils of the Singing Night Squirrel, The Spoils of the Weeping Falcon, and The Spoils Beneath the Sea.
The Spoils of Babylon, a century-spanning saga, chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of the Morehouse family, led by Jonas Morehouse (Robbins), his daughter Cynthia (Wiig) and her adopted brother Devon (Maguire) who made their fortune in the oil business. The series takes viewers from the oil fields of Texas to boardrooms in New York City, through war torn battlefields and velvet-sheeted bedrooms.
Cynthia and Devon's unbridled and taboo passion for one another cannot be prevented. Add in Cynthia's evil son Winston (Osment), her put upon husband Chet Halner (Sheen), and Devon's new love interest Dixie Mellonworth (Alba), and the booze, the pills, more passion, more pills and the heartache, and you have a mercurial potboiler. Then add in illegal arms deals, international espionage, the Shah of Iran (Ferrell), and two US Army Generals (Kilmer, Steve Tom) and it begins to overflow with boiling liquid in a pot on a hot stove that is operational.