EXCLUSIVE: 'Portlandia: The Movie' Might Not Take Place in Portland, Oregon

The show's director Jonathan Krisel offers his plans on bringing the 'Portlandia' team to the big screen.
The Portlandia Movie might not be a Portlandia Movie
The Portlandia Movie might not be a Portlandia Movie
Any time a show becomes a bonafide cult hit, the next thing fans start demanding is a movie. This is especially true of sketch and comedy series like Arrested Development, which has a movie on the way, and past favorites like Mr. Show with Bob and David, South Park, The Kids in the Hall, Saturday Night Live and Monty Python's Flying Circus just to name a few, all of which have had a big screen incarnation or two.

Portlandia returns for all-new Season 3 episodes starting tonight on IFC with the back-to-back double dip of Take Back MTV and Missionaries. To celebrate its return, we caught up with the show's director (and its third creative voice alongside Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein) Jonathan Krisel. He confirms that Portlandia is also a prime candidate for a big screen venture, but it might not take place in Portland, Oregon. In fact, the Portlandia movie won't have anything to do with Portlandia at all, if Jonathan has his way.

"My goal would be to do a movie. But not have it be [set in] Portlandia. It would be the same creative team with Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and me. But I think that Portlandia exists in this context so well, a movie version of it, especially the way they do those SNL movies, where they take something and blow it up...I would just want to start from scratch with the same creative team. But not having the show be a limitation. The show works so well, lets just keep it like that."


The director also confirmed that there will most likely be a third season of Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, but John C. Reilly's schedule may keep it off screens for at least the next two or three years.

"I think there is going to be a third season, which is crazy. It was very hard to do that show, with John C. Reilly's schedule. It was all over the place. I think there will be another season, but it might be more than two years off."


Be sure to catch Portlandia when it returns to IFC tonight!

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Comments (2)

  1. John2347

    WTF keep it in Portland

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  2. ROFLitschristian

    But... none of the jokes would make sense then. Stick to Portland you guys!

    1 year agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag