'Indie Game: The Movie' Series Rights Picked Up By HBO [Update]

The network teams up with producer Scott Rudin to make the documentary a half-hour show.

[Update at 8:13 AM: The creators of the doc have taken to the film's Facebook page to clarify that the half-hour series in development by Rudin and HBO is not, in fact, a comedy. They chalked its classification as such up to half-hour series development at HBO being traditionally associated with the network's line of comedies.]

While Indie Game: The Movie makes the rounds at Sundance, behind the scenes it gets picked up for a TV series. Not bad for a first-time indie feature about indie gaming. Based on its trailer and press materials, the James Swirsky and Lisanne Parjot-directed documentary Indie Game: The Movie doesn't necessarily seem like the easiest fit for pay-TV comedy, but that's the direction HBO and Rudin plan to go with the proposed adaptation. The documentary features Super Meat Boy developers Team Meat, as well as Phil Fish and Jonathan Blow, the guys behind Fez and Braid respectively, however there's no word on whether the upcoming series will have any involvement from them or even be based on their stories as presented in the doc.

Here's the synopsis for the documentary:

With the twenty-first century comes a new breed of struggling independent artist: the indie game designer. Refusing to toil for major developers, these innovators independently conceive, design, and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they, too, may find success.

After two years of painstaking work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes await the release of their first major game for Xbox, Super Meat Boy—the adventures of a skinless boy in search of his girlfriend, who is made of bandages. At PAX, a major video-game expo, developer Phil Fish unveils his highly anticipated, four-years-in-the-making FEZ. Jonathan Blow considers beginning a new game after creating Braid, one of the highest-rated games of all time.

First-time filmmaking duo Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky capture the emotional journey of these meticulously obsessive artists who devote their lives to their interactive art. Four developers, three games, and one ultimate goal— to express oneself through a video game.

Indie Game: The Movie is currently screening at Sundance and after that it's moving to the Winnipeg Art Gallery. You can find out additional information about screenings here.

[Source: Cinema Blend]

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