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Coming Soon: The 'Flight of the Conchords' Movie?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 28th 2011 7:00AM
Time for 'Flight of the Conchords' fans to break out the animal sweaters and do the happy dance: Bret and Jemaine are headed to the big screen! Maybe. Star Bret McKenzie told 'The Hollywood Reporter' that "We're gonna try and do a movie. We just need a story."

McKenzie joked, "I'm gonna go back to New Zealand tomorrow, maybe film it next week. And then edit it the week after. I don't know how familiar you are with movies, but there's a lot of behind the scenes stuff that could take one or two weeks. And then, probably in about a month we'll have a premiere."

'Conchords' co-creator James Bobin, who's fresh off directing the new 'Muppets' movie, told StarPulse that he's game: "I'd love to do it. It's just a question of what it would be and when we would do it, but I'm sure because that's what I want to make happen at some point."

Originally a BBC radio show, 'Flight of the Conchords' moved to television courtesy of HBO, and over an all-too-brief two-season run it charted the ups and downs of a fictional folk duo from New Zealand as they tried to establish a music career in New York.

Bobin says the workload involved in the TV series became too hard to maintain: "It just got a bit much for us because we were all three of us doing all the jobs basically. I ran it like an English show where it wasn't a huge team of writers. It wasn't a lot of production people. It was just me directing it and writing it, them writing the songs and being in it. After a while we just couldn't do it ourselves, couldn't maintain it."

Fans have constantly clamored for more 'Conchords' since the series ended in 2009, and following fan pressure to produce a third season, McKenzie, Clement and Bobin, issued this statement: "We've noticed the less we say about the future of the show, the more people want to talk about it, so in an effort to reverse this trend we are today announcing that we won't be returning for a 3rd season. We're very proud of the two seasons we made and we like the way the show ended. We'd like to thank everyone who helped make the show and also everyone who watched it. While the characters Bret and Jemaine will no longer be around, the real Bret and Jemaine will continue to exist."

Since 'Conchords' ended the stars have had mixed fortunes. Clement landed roles in 'Despicable Me,' 'Dinner for Schmucks' and 'Rio,' and plays Boris in the upcoming 'Men in Black III.' McKenzie, on the other hand, has had a lower profile. He's continued his work with Peter Jackson Down Under, following up his work in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy with a small role as Elf Lindir in 'The Hobbit' movies.

McKenzie also wrote several songs for the new 'Muppets' movie, the success of which means that it should now be easier for him and Bobin to get financing for a 'Conchords' movie if they can come up with a story.

Rhys Darby, who played Kiwi diplomat and frustrated band manager Murray Hewitt, returned to stand-up comedy before landing a role this fall on the short-lived CBS comedy 'How to be a Gentleman.' Meanwhile Kristen Schaal, who played the Conchords' only fan and serial stalker, Mel, has landed numerous guest-starring gigs on primetime series like 'Modern family,' as well as roles in movies like 'Toy Story 3' and 'Shrek Forever After.'

Tell us: Are you excited to see a 'Flight of the Conchords' movie?

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W Holmes Gaskins

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January 06 2012 at 10:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DiMeo

awesome news!

November 28 2011 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am absolutely excited. This does not call for angry dancing, instead a dance of joy.

November 28 2011 at 8:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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