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“The King of Kong” adaptation writer hopeful film will still happen


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It seems like every movie hitting theaters lately is either a sequel or an adaptation of a book or television series, but it’s not often we get a movie based on a documentary. When IFC spoke to Michael Bacall, one of the writers on “21 Jump Street” (which happens to be based on TV series, of course), we made sure to get a quick update on his screenplay for “The King of Kong,” a movie based on Seth Gordon’s celebrated 2007 documentary of the same name about the competitive world of vintage video games.

According to Bacall, he turned in his script for “The King of Kong” a while ago, and is still waiting to find out whether the project will move forward.

“I’m not sure what [the studio] is doing with it,” he said. “But for the time I was working on it, it was a blast. I got to relive my arcade years, when I was seven years old and running around Chuck E Cheese with a pocket full of quarters.”

Even if the film doesn’t move forward, he’s thrilled about one thing that came out of it: his vintage Donkey Kong machine.

“I bought a Donkey Kong machine for the time I was working on it and I got to call it research,” he laughed.

While he couldn’t share too many details about his take on the film and how it might differ from “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” (other than being, well… scripted), he did offer a few details about the research he put into it that didn’t involve playing Donkey Kong for hours.

“I flew out to New Hampshire and got to follow around some of the participants in the documentary, so that was a lot of fun for me, getting to dip my toe in that world of vintage arcade games,” he said. “So hopefully they’ll move forward with the project at some point.”

He was also quick to add even more praise to the accolades heaped on the “King of Kong” documentary, and offer his own take on why it was such a success.

“The documentary did such a knockout job of making something that should feel very low-stakes feel like it has the highest stakes in the world,” he said.

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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