Indie Game: The Movie optioned as dramatic HBO series

The makers of Indie Game: The Movie (IGTM, for cool people) are riding high from their appearance at Sundance, following news that their game making documentary has been selected by HBO to be the inspiration for a half-hour television series. That doesn't mean it's actuallygoing to be made into a series, as much of the stuff HBO options never makes it onto the screen, but we're still holding out hope that this one makes it to a pilot at least.

The show is being produced by Scott Rudin, who's mile-long list of producer credits include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, No Country for Old Men, and Team America: World Police. Contrary to initial rumors, Rudin will not be developing IGTM as a comedy, but as a dramatic series - which makes way more sense

“IGTM Sitcom is the opposite of what we just made & are trying to accomplish,” tweeted filmmakers James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot of BlinkWorks Media.

Discussing the project on their Facebook page, the pair wrote: “The people involved, the network involved - all are, BY FAR, the best people possible to make this show...We are ecstatic about the possibilities of working with this team. All you need to do is look at the list of HBO series titles & Scott Rudin’s IMDB and you can see why we think this is a brilliant thing. We want to see this show happen. We want to watch this show.”

IGTM debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19. The doc follows notable independent game developers as they attempt to break into the industry without going broke or insane in the process. It stars a slew of familiar faces including Braid's Jonathon Blow, Super Meat Boy's Team Meat, FEZ's Phil Fish, and Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery musician Jim Guthrie. See if you can put a few faces to the names in the official IGMT trailer:


  • An_Awesome_Guy - January 23, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    I'm so glad to see that they've finally finished this film, but is there any word on whether or not this will get a wider release in select cinemas?
  • BladedFalcon - January 23, 2012 10:23 a.m.

    So pretentiousnes: the Drama TV series now? Seriously... I take gaming as seriously as anyone else here. But what could possibly be oh so heart wrenching as to warrant a TV series out of indie developers? "Oh boo hoo! they are pushing me to make the deadline! WHAT AM I GONNA DOOO! THEY DO NOT COMPREHEND MY GENIUS"
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox - January 23, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    Erm... that looks kinda dull. Haven't seen so many overgrown beards and mutton chops since I watched LOTR. These guys really need to invest in a mirror.
  • lukel - January 23, 2012 3:34 p.m.

    This movie was fantastic. Saw it with my parents and they were genuinely interested about games for once.

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