Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell
IFC has announced a spoof miniseries with an all-star cast, including Will Ferrell, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Tobey Maguire, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, Tim Robbins and Kristen Wiig.
The Spoils of Babylon is based on the fictional novel by fictional author Eric Jonrosh (Ferrell), who has 57 best-sellers in 85 different languages. The six-part series is a century-spanning saga about a family — Jonas Morehouse (Robbins), his daughter Cynthia (Wiig) and her adopted brother Devon (Maguire) — who made their fortune in the oil business. The story also includes Cynthia's evil son Winston (Osment), her husband Chet Halner (Sheen) and Devon's new love interest Dixie Mellonworth (Alba).
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And the plot doesn't stop there. There are also illegal arms deals, international espionage and characters like the Shah of Iran (Ferrell) and two Army generals played by Kilmer and Steve Tom.
"This amazingly talented cast will give this decadent genre its due respect," Jennifer Caserta, president and general manager of IFC, said. "Never before has a parody of a mini-series been more poised for showers of accolades."
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Adds Jonrosh, from his yacht The Super Bard, anchored off his personal island in the Caspian Sea: "I'm thrilled my masterwork is finally making it to the screen, albeit the small screen. Although I guess these days people have pretty big screens in their homes but still not as big as 'the big screen.' I mean, some people who have home theaters might have screens that big, but most wouldn't, at least that's what I would imagine. Still, I'm thrilled, and I personally DO have a giant screen TV so...."
The parody is produced by Funny or Die and executive-produced by Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. Steele and Piedmont created and wrote the series, and Piedmont is directing the project, which is slated to premiere in early 2014.