Sundance: HBO And Scott Rudin To Turn Docu ‘Indie Game’ Into Series

EXCLUSIVE: HBO and producer Scott Rudin have acquired remake rights to Indie Game: The Movie, the documentary by first-time filmmaking duo Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky that premiered in Sundance on Saturday afternoon. Rudin will develop the film as a fictional half-hour comedy series for HBO and he will be executive producer.

It is the second Sundance deal for HBO, which acquired the docu Me @ The Zoo for broadcast before the fest began. Indie Game captures the emotional journey of a new breed of struggling independent artists: the indie game designer. Refusing to work for the major game developers, these innovators bet on themselves by independently conceiving, designing, and programming their distinctly personal games in the hope that they, too, may hit it big. The film follows several of these meticulously obsessive video game artists. Film Sales Company’s Andrew Herwitz.

Rudin has several high profile series projects at HBO. He has re-teamed with The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin on the Sorkin-created series The Newsroom, which stars Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer; he’s also teamed with Noah Baumbach on a series version of the Jonathan Franzen novel The Corrections, which will star Chris Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Bruce Norris, Greta Gerwig and Rhys Ifans.

Comments (7)

  • Half hour comedy series? Yuck!

    Stick with the on-going documentary theme. It’s far more interesting.

    Comment by Everyone — Sunday January 22, 2012 @ 11:46am PST  
  • nice to see the indie game makers get their own doc. too bad most of their games aren’t worth playing

    Comment by wario — Sunday January 22, 2012 @ 12:37pm PST  
  • starring Seth Rogen as Edmund McMillen
    Rob Corddry as Jonathan Blow

    and Tom Selleck as Phil Fish

    Comment by HBO Casting Director — Sunday January 22, 2012 @ 2:23pm PST  
  • @wario: Have you actually played Braid or Super Meat Boy? If so, what are your objections to them — why don’t you find them to be worth playing?

    Comment by ForSpareParts — Sunday January 22, 2012 @ 2:35pm PST  
  • I disagree that it won’t work ! I think Scott is right to step out of the format . This could work , something like a crossover-extension between Two and a Half Men Show and a virtual reality Series . Pajot and Swirsky are good filmmakers ! This sounds fresh and interesting !

    Comment by douwe — Sunday January 22, 2012 @ 3:10pm PST  
  • I often feel that comedy can be a more genuine format. Truer to life than drama because it doesn’t have to hyper-extend every scenario. The best comedy is usually pretty sad at face value, but looking on the bright side of things. Taken in that light, this as a show could be engaging, funny and sometimes a little heart wrenching. I mean just look at the life of Toady One as cataloged in the NYT article, the programmer for dwarf fortress. There is a whole lot of potential for humor there, and at the same time a whole lot of room for dialog on the meaning of ones vocation. So many different potential ways to go with this, it could very well be funny and simultaneously a bit close to home.

    The American IT Crowd so to speak.

    Comment by Alan — Sunday January 22, 2012 @ 7:36pm PST  
  • @ForSpareParts: Braid was an amazing game that was original and deserves more attention than it has.

    Super Meat Boy was a filthy ripoff of Matt Thorson’s Jumper and Runman. Have you seen the two? It is EXACTLY the same. He even stole the square, red, little character Ogmo to play his main character. Other than the lame storyline or the… Interesting themes and settings, nothing was original. Oh, and the controls sucked and made it almost unplayable.

    Comment by Agent1729 — Monday January 23, 2012 @ 12:07am PST  
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