Tina Fey and Robert Carlock were interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter to talk about the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” interactive special. They talked about all the challenges they had to face while writing it, how long the script was, and much more. You can read the full interview in our press library.
When Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt neared its ending, co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock didn’t want Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) story to conclude with a romance. “We definitely were not interested in her arc being toward finding love in the series,” Fey says of Kimmy becoming a successful author. “We wanted her to have the J.K. Rowling triumph.”
But in Netflix’s first interactive comedy special, Kimmy vs. the Reverend, viewers find Kemper’s protagonist, now a best-selling author, planning her wedding to Prince Frederick (Daniel Radcliffe). As she prepares to walk down the aisle, Kimmy also takes on her kidnapper, the Rev. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm), which Fey says offers a “movie-scale level of action and drama” while also addressing “something we had left unresolved in the series.”
Fey and Carlock spoke to THR about the interactive special’s challenges, how it fits in with the show’s larger narrative and its subtle connection to their beloved 30 Rock.
Why did you want to explore these particular storylines — Kimmy getting married and confronting the Reverend — through an interactive special?
TINA FEY It felt like, to open up a new chapter, a person that [Kimmy] might find who has a similar weird upbringing would be a royal family member. It seemed like a nice juxtaposition to have the other half be adventure.
ROBERT CARLOCK As we were finishing the series, similar to not wanting to land on some romantic arc but to land on her larger life victory, bringing the Reverend into that would undercut it. We wanted her to feel like, as much as she could, that she had moved on.