At long last, the epic, sprawling, best-selling novel The Spoils of Babylon, from author Eric Jonrosh, will be adapted as a six-part mini-series for IFC. If you haven’t heard of Jonrosh before, that’s likely because he doesn’t exist, rather he is a character being played by Will Ferrell, who is also an executive producer on the project. Telling the tale of the mighty Morehouse family, The Spoils of Babylon will take viewers on a whirlwind adventure around the globe and across time.
The Spoils of Babylon stars Jessica Alba, Will Ferrell, Jellybean Howie, Val Kilmer, Tobey Maguire, Haley Joel Osment, Tim Robbins, Michael Sheen, Steve Tom and Kristen Wiig with a cameo by David Spade and the voice of Carey Mulligan. The mini-series (edited down from Jonrosh’s original 22-hour version) will air on IFC starting January 9, 2014. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
Check out the trailer for The Spoils of Babylon below (via IFC):
And for those of you, like myself, who still can’t figure out exactly what this mini-series is about, here’s the official synopsis:
The Spoils of Babylon, a century-spanning saga, chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of the Morehouse family, led by Jonas Morehouse (Tim Robbins), his daughter Cynthia (Kristen Wiig) and her adopted brother Devon (Tobey 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 (Haley Joel Osment), her put upon husband Chet Halner (Michael Sheen), and Devon’s new love interest Dixie Mellonworth (Jessica 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 and two US Army Generals (Val Kilmer, Steve Tom) and it begins to overflow with boiling liquid in a pot on a hot stove that is operational.
The Spoils of Babylon is produced by Funny or Die for IFC. It is executive produced by Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. Steele and Piedmont created and wrote the series, and Piedmont will direct.