Rhys Darby: ‘The world deserves ‘Flight Of The Conchords’ movie’

Actor urges Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie to write a film script for 'Flight Of The Conchords'

Rhys Darby has urged Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie to write a Flight Of The Conchords movie – because the world “deserves” it.

Darby played Murray Hewitt, the hapless manager of the New Zealand folk duo, in 22 episodes of the cult TV comedy, which began life as a radio series. Clement and McKenzie, who created the show and played fictionalised versions of themselves, called time on Flight Of The Conchords after its second season in 2009.

Last year McKenzie revealed that he and Clement were “going to try and do a movie” – a pledge Darby has now urged the pair to follow up on. Speaking to Time Out, Darby said: “Hopefully the guys will work on a Conchords film because the world deserves it. That’s up to them, because we’re all keen to do it. It’s about finding the time and the right story. All I can do is encourage them and then wait for the phone call.”

Darby also admitted that his character’s personal development over the course of Flight Of The Conchords had been somewhat limited. He explained: “I’m not sure if he’s got any wiser, but I think he’s warmed to people’s hearts more. He’s learnt a few things, a few more names of bands and where not to gig, like airports, things like that. But I don’t really think he’s learnt anything substantial or progressed too much since the beginning, which I think is a good thing, because that’s where the magic lies. I would have loved to have a third season or a film to see what he has learnt.”

Clement and McKenzie are currently midway through a Flight Of The Conchords comeback tour of New Zealand and Australia. Clement appeared in Men In Black 3 earlier this year (2012), while McKenzie won an Oscar for his work on the film soundtrack to 2011’s The Muppets.

Watch a clip from Conchords below.