Will Ferrell's deliciously dark and absurd fake docu-comedy The Spoils of Babylon will be returning to IFC for a second season. The show, which is based on the faux epic book and film series by Eric Jonrosh (played pitch perfectly by Ferrell) will be bringing on its second installment, The Spoils Before Dying. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dying is based on Jonrosh's (fake) first novel about a jazz pianist who becomes a detective and gets caught up in trouble that only Jonrosh is wild enough to bring to life. Needless to say, there will be lots of sexy club scenes, plenty of deceit, and more twisted love triangles than you can shake a jazz flute at.
The first series starred Toby Maguire and Kristen Wiig as star-crossed step-siblings fighting for the royalties of their family's vast oil fortune. Ferrell narrates the piece with backstory about the insane filming process and dire straits of everyone involved with his process ¸— all the while glugging down red wine and luxurious food. The cast was spectacularly rounded out with the likes of Tim Robbins, Haley Joel Osment, Val Kilmer, Carey Mulligan, and Michael Sheen.
Producer Adam McKay commented, "The first Spoils miniseries 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... becoming the most watched television event in the history of Earth." We obviously concur.
The mixture of comedic and dramatic talent helped drive the bizarre miniseries to its peak hilarity. We do know that Ferrell will indeed be reprising his role as the dubious Jonrosh, but so far no other casting news has been released. We have a few ideas, though, as to who we'd like see take on the 1950s jazz scene under the wing of Will Ferrell and IFC. Take a look.
If there's anyone who can fill Wiig's hilarious shoes, it's this fellow SNL cast member, who has stolen the show consistently since she joined the cast.
His current role as the Hollywood Renaissance man probably leaves no space for something like a television series on an off-beat cable channel. Regardless, his turns in comedy and more recently in serious drama would make him the perfect fit for The Spoils of Dying.
We all just need a little more Ed Norton in our lives, mmkay?
I can just see her now as the seedy nightclub owner!
After starring in so many Wes Anderson films, she's really mastered the art of out-there comedy. And who wouldn't want to see her belting it out as a jazz singer or holding it down as a 1950s mobster?
For someone who usually plays so upbeat on screen in Parks and Recreation, it would be uh-mazing to see him take a darker, weirder comedic turn.
For the cameo to end all cameos!
Here's looking forward to whatever The Spoils of Dying is going to deliver. We just know it's going to be great.