Bret McKenzie Starts Inevitable ‘Flight of the Conchords’ Movie Rumor

In today’s world of instant gratification and excess, enough is never enough. So if somebody makes two seasons of a TV show that you really enjoyed, it’s not a blessing that you got to experience the show at all, it’s a tragedy that the show didn’t last for six seasons and a movie. These days if a show gets cancelled or stops production the rumors of a feature film spin-off are inevitable and near-immediate. I blame Firefly for actually getting a post-cancellation movie made. Now TV shows can never rest in peace, we have to hear about the potential Deadwood movie and the potential Arrested Development movie ad nauseam.

Today there’s a new show that you can add to the movie rumor pile, because Bret McKenzie just happened to make an offhand comment to a reporter about turning his HBO collaboration with co-star Jemaine Clement and director James Bobin, The Flight of the Conchords, into a feature. “We’re gonna try and do a movie,” he told THR, “We just need a story.”

Of course, everybody who was once an integral part of the Flight of the Conchords crew has gone on to be pretty successful once that series wrapped up, so how do they plan on fitting a movie into everyone’s schedules? Easy, 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. Probably in about a month we’ll have a premiere.”

So I guess the moral of this story is that Flight of the Conchords fans can start getting excited somewhere in the back of their heads for more possible musical funniness, this time on the big screen, but don’t go overboard and annoy the Internet with constant mentions of how it’s coming and it’s going to be great yet. The idea is here, but an actual movie is a long way away.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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