Izzard making Riches film
Good television shows get cancelled in the U.S., that's just the way it happens, in fact that seems to be the norm rather than the exception. There's a good television show that starts up, gets some crazy scheduling thing going on (like mid season breaks and simple day and time changes) and then it disappears and gets cancelled – big surprise, no one knows when it's on!
That's what happened to the critically acclaimed show The Riches starring Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard. It was doing really well, then it went quiet for five months and was suddenly cancelled. Now it could be coming to the big screen, courtesy of Izzard.
Eddie Izzard reveals that he's been in talks to develop a film version of The Riches and the writers are heading off to create a story. Not only that but the plan is to film it on the cheap, here's what he said to the BBC:
“We'll shoot it guerilla-style...using gorillas to to actually shoot it. We're going to give them cameras...No, we're going to just get in there and maybe not have permission to do things, but just film it. People will be going, 'who are they? who are they?”
It's not yet clear who is actually moving from the cancelled show to the big screen, but it seems like Izzard will be. I do hope that Minnie Driver will be too because they made a great couple on screen.
The BBC remind us that The New York Daily News said:
“Individually, they're impressive. Together, feeding off each other's energy, they're incendiary...”
...and that was the kind of praise being heaped on them and the show, but still it got cancelled.
It'll be interesting to see what happens with a film, which will have to cover the opening scenario already shown in the first series. That is where a travelling family assume the identity of a rich suburban couple who they find dead in a car crash.
They struggle day by day to pretend to be them, getting themselves further and further into the lie and finding it harder and harder to get out.
Izzard also reveals that they are going to try and raise the money for the production through the Internet, whether that means with the fans or other advertising I'm not entirely sure. Perhaps the film will be heading to the internet for broadcast.
What do you think? Is there room for a film version? Would it work? If it does make it to filming, I think Izzard's idea of the style would suit it really well, perhaps even going hand-held and almost like a documentary?