It’s not often a TV series can boast a cast including Tim Robbins, Kristen Wiig, Michael Sheen, Tobey Maguire, Haley Joel Osment, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Steve Tom and Will Ferrell, but The Spoils Of Babylon can. The series comes from Ferrell, Adam McKay, and several other Funny or Die guys, with the show set to air on IFC in the US.
The six-parter will follow a fake book written by fake author Eric Jonrosh (Ferrell). The story will span multiple generations in the oil industry, which allows it to follows plenty of stories, allowing all sorts of famous faces to pop up.
IFC says, ‘The Spoils of Babylon, a century-spanning saga, chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of the Morehouse family, led by Jonas Morehouse (Robbins), his daughter Cynthia (Wiig) and her adopted brother Devon (Maguire) who made their fortune in the oil business. The series takes viewers from the oil fields of Texas to boardrooms in New York City, through war torn battlefields and velvet-sheeted bedrooms.
‘Cynthia and Devon’s unbridled and taboo passion for one another cannot be prevented. Add in Cynthia’s evil son Winston (Osment), her put upon husband Chet Halner (Sheen), and Devon’s new love interest Dixie Mellonworth (Alba), and the booze, the pills, more passion, more pills and the heartache, and you have a mercurial potboiler. Then add in illegal arms deals, international espionage, the Shah of Iran (Ferrell), and two US Army Generals (Kilmer, Steve Tom) and it begins to overflow with boiling liquid in a pot on a hot stove that is operational.’
Production has already commenced with a 2014 premiere planned.