Ferrell will be joined Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire in the IFC miniseries and awesomely titled, "The Spoils Of Babylon," inspired by "The Thorn Birds" and "Winds Of War." Produced by Funny Or Die and set to be directed by Matt Piedmont (who directed 'Casa' and co-wrote this script with Andrew Steele), the show will follow the oil rich Morehouse family and the orphan Devon Morehouse (Maguire), taken in when he was young, but goes on to run Morehouse Enterprises, the seventh largest company in the world, alongside his step-sister Cynthia (Wiig). Fighting off their feelings for each other, they will also have to deal with the Shah Of Iran, who will be played Ferrell, which will be awesome.
So yeah, this sounds like a perfectly calibrated concept to let these three go off, and we're especially curious to see Maguire exercise some rare comedy chops, especially in something this seemingly arch or broad. No word yet on when the six-part series will start production, but once again, it's cable bringing the business instead of the movies. [Deadline]