Chris O'Dowd to write and star in Sky1 comedy
IT Crowd star, Chris O'Dowd is to write and star in new Sky1 comedy Moone Boy. It is to star comic actor Steve Coogan and comedian Johnny Vegas; as well as being co-produced by Coogan's production company, Baby Cow.
Moone Boy is a part autobiographical tale of growing up in Ireland during the late 1980s. It will feature animation and it tells the the story of the youngest member of the Moone family, 11 year old Martin Moone.
O'Dowd, who recently starred in successful Hollywood comedy Bridesmaids, co-wrote the comedy with Nick Vincent Murphy. It has been developed from a comedy short he made for Sky1's Little Crackers.
The six-part series will begin filming in O'Dowd's hometown of Boyle and Dublin in the new year, for a broadcast on Sky1 next summer. Auditions are currently under way to find an actor to play the lead role.
"Martin has a unique perspective on life aided by an imaginary friend Sean Murphy (played by O'Dowd). artin's imagination comes into play both in his childish drawings, which come alive through animation, and in the ridiculous schemes he comes up with, against Sean's better judgment. With Sean's help, Martin negotiates life as the youngest in a chaotic, scatter-brained family."
"Moone Boy is a fantastic comedy which centres on a 10-year-old boy who has an imaginary friend. It is set in the late 80s/early 90s and all of the experiences are ones that I had.
"It's a really funny show which has loads of animation and a number of laughs that I hope people will love. It was essential to film in Ireland and what was great about Sky was they wanted us to film here and they were really supportive. That wouldn't have happened at any other channel."