Fans of Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon have had no shortage of collaborations to celebrate in 2015, with the Paul Feig directed Ghostbusters cast announced in January and the cast to the followup of popular IFC mini-series The Spoils of Babylon released this week. SNL and Bridesmaids alum Maya Rudolph, Chris Parnell, Val Kilmer, Michael Kenneth Williams and returning cast member Haley Joel Osment will also have leading roles in The Spoils of Dying, penned by Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele.
If you’ve got a Netflix account and no plans for the weekend, consider powering through The Spoils of Babylon, a pitch-perfect parody of over-the-top ’70s miniseries like Rich Man, Poor Man released early last year starring Tobey Maguire and Kristen Wiig as adopted siblings and star-crossed lovers. While the new series bears a strong resemblance in name, The Spoils of Dying will follow a different story in a similar style from the fictional author played by Will Ferrell, the wine-swilling Eric Jonrosh.
For those who can’t wait another moment to learn more (and who could blame you), here’s the synopsis information that was issued in an IFC release:
Set in 1962 during the height of the Los Angeles jazz scene, The Spoils Before Dying follows Rock (Michael Kenneth Williams) as he becomes the prime suspect in the double murder of singer and his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (Maya Rudolph) who is found dead in a car with another man. Panicked, Rock splits town for Mexico where he reunites with his one-time big band singer Delores O’Dell (Kristen Wiig). Determined to prove his innocence and avoid the electric chair, Rock and Delores head back to the U.S. on a dangerous journey for the elusive truth. All the while, Rock’s hard charging manager Alistair St. Barnaby (Haley Joel Osment) obliviously pressures Rock to record a mainstream jazz album.
Sex, jazz and Will Ferrell as an obese alcoholic…yup, sounds like the stuff that dreams are made of.