It’s official. Flight of the Conchords, the “almost award-winning fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand”, are working on a film. Bret Mckenzie and Jemaine Clement have been off our screens since the second series of their hilarious HBO show ended in 2009, but earlier this week Clement confirmed that he and his comedy partner have notes for a number of ideas for the big screen. There’s no word yet on what these ideas are or when we’re likely to see them but for now, here’s five things any Flight Of The Conchords film needs in order to keep fans from getting hurt feelings.
Flight Of The Conchords were never successful. They were so broke that they shared a mug to drink out of and when it smashed, they went bankrupt replacing it. They played gigs in libraries where other people shushed them into silence. Their biggest gigs weren’t even in recognised music venues. They deserve a break and one potential film idea could see the pair finally get their chance at mainstream success. It would be like Almost Famous but with Kristen Schaal’s super fan Mel following them on tour.
Lots and lots of Murray
No Flight Of The Conchords film would be complete without Murray being “present”. The hapless manager of the band was always on hand to take a roll call or offer his musical advice (who can forget his description of the bass guitar as “the dad guitar”?). He was portrayed with such convincingly sweet naivety by Rhys Darby that you half expect that Murray might still be in New York’s New Zealand consulate waiting for Bret and Jemaine to come in for their next meeting. Let’s put him out of his misery and give him a starring role.
Even more great songs
One of the reasons Flight Of The Conchords only ran for two short seasons on TV was that writing the show is equivalent to writing six hours of television and a whole album at the same time. It’s exhausting. The first series was written around pre-existing songs from the duo’s days on the comedy circuit but the second was written in the year after the first aired. It was clearly an experience neither of the pair enjoyed and thus we’ve been left waiting on an update in the ongoing Hiphopopotamus vs Rhymenoceros beef for six years.
We have already seen the show spoof musicians such as David Bowie (‘Bowie’s In Space’) and Sting (the perfect ‘Roxanne’ pastiche ‘You Don’t Have To Be A Prostitute’) but it would be great to see their take on current musical trends like EDM, K-Pop and Drake-style sensitive rappers. Bret McKenzie won an Oscar for his work on The Muppets soundtrack. Imagine seeing Flight Of The Conchords pick up an Academy Award for a song as great as ‘Business Time’.
Michel Gondry in the director’s chair
Despite being set in New York, Flight Of The Conchords always had a charming dream-like feel to it and never more so than when director Michel Gondry was behind the camera. He only directed one episode, series two highlight ‘Unnatural Love’, but it contained two of the best songs in ‘Carol Brown’ and ‘Too Many Dicks (On The Dancefloor)’. The episode was also written by Inbetweeners writers Iain Morris and Damon Beesley. Who wouldn’t want to see all of them reunite for more of the same?
As two of the most likeable guys in comedy, Flight Of The Conchords have made a lot of very funny friends. That’s why they managed to get some of the biggest names in comedy to star in the TV series. Remember Aziz Ansari as the racist fruit salesman? Or how about Demetri Martin stepping in to replace Bret when he quit the band. Any big screen version would be bound to feature a who’s who of US comedy talent. Who knows? Maybe Kristen Wiig could return to her role as Brahbrah, the owner of a dog with canine epilepsy.