Following the success of this year’s The Spoils Of Babylon, IFC has ordered a second round of Funny Or Die’s storytelling from the Spoils franchise. The latest book-to-screen adaption from author Eric Jonrosh is titled The Spoils Before Dying. The new Spoils will premiere in summer 2015 with six episodes. 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. The Spoils Before Dying will include a new celeb cast, and the miniseries will be 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, follows a 1950s jazz pianist-turned-private eye, who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation.
“Hang on to your hats America! This one’s going to be totally bonkers!” Ferrell said in today’s announcement. Piedmont chimed in, “television audiences haven’t clamored this much for a second season since After M*A*S*H*.” Steele contributed, “Eric Jonrosh is a drunk who urinated in my sink when he came to our house for dinner, but damn he writes great miniseries.” And, 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.”
The Spoils Of Babylon was one of IFC’s most-watched and buzzed-about comedies; cast included Jessica Alba, 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.