Despite the fact that it seemed like a pipe dream when the idea was first kicked around, development on a feature film version of the failed Starz sitcom Party Down seems to be chugging along steadily and assuredly. First the movie was just a twinkle in its creators eyes, then things started looking better as everyone involved began synching up their schedules, and now the whole thing appears to be a done deal. At least according to Megan Mullally.
At a recent press tour, Mullally answered questions about what she has coming up by saying, “I will be doing the Party Down movie. John [Enbom] is writing it right now.” That’s not exactly new news in itself, we already knew that work was being done on the script; but some of Mullally’s other comments make things sound further along than the last time this project was talked about. First off, Mullally knows some details about where her character is going. She added, “I think we’re going to see Lydia’s ex-husband – Ed I think is name (sic) – who was really racist and a misogynist.” Also, it sounds like financing for the film is all taken care of. Before Enbom started work writing the script proper, Mullally says that he turned in an outline to investors that was “enthusiastically approved.”
So, all systems seem to be a go on this one. Usually I’m not much of a fan of failed shows continuing on as movies, but I think a Party Down film could really work. The episodes were more self-contained mini-movies than anything else, they’ve already shown an ability to get big name actors to guest star in the Party Down universe, and some of the principle actors have gotten more visible since that show went down in flames.
Plus, this isn’t a concept that would call for a very inflated budget. As long as they just sell this thing as a funny comedy and not the continuation of a failed show that nobody knows about, they might have a chance to make the Party Down movie a success, and that would be very encouraging. Fans of failed TV shows need all the reassurance that the apocalypse isn’t coming they can get. [THR]