Armando Iannucci prepares the HBO show “The Franchise” with Sam Mendes
The new comedy from the creator of “Veep” will follow the beleaguered team of a dysfunctional superhero movie franchise.
Armando Iannucci returns once again to HBO.
The network has ordered a pilot for “The Franchise,” a new satire that will see the “Veep” creator turn his gaze on institutional dysfunction to an industry that has it all: Hollywood. The series will follow behind-the-scenes drama on the set of a “dysfunctional, absurd, and joyful hellscape of franchise superhero moviemaking,” as the cast and crew of a fictional franchise wonder if their work has meaning, by ad.
The screenplay was written by Jon Brown and Keith Akushie, with Iannucci collaborating with them on the pilot story. Iannucci will serve as executive producer alongside Sam Mendes, who is also directing the pilot. Pippa Harris, Nicolas Brown and Julie Pastor are also producing.
The couple Iannucci and Mendes is exciting for fans of British cinema and television. The two have never collaborated before, but have become two of the most distinctive artists the UK has produced in this century. Although comedy doesn’t seem to be in Mendes’ wheelhouse, he found great success with black satire through films like “American Beauty.” He has also worked on some of the biggest blockbusters in the world, having directed the James Bond films ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Spectre’. Perhaps his experiences running this franchise will inspire his work on “The Franchise.”
Iannucci is best known for his political satires, often (but not always) using a mockumentary format. He ruthlessly mocked the inner workings of the British government with the BBC Four series “The Thick of It”, before finding even greater success with a similar formula on the American political satire “Veep”. The Julia Louis-Dreyfus-directed series won 17 Emmy Awards over its seven seasons on HBO, with many lamenting the painful accuracy of its predictions about American politics.
In the years after “Veep”, Armando Iannucci wrote and directed the films “The Death of Stalin” and “The Personal History of David Copperfield”. He also created the sci-fi series “Avenue 5” for HBO, which has been renewed for a second and final season.
No casting information or potential premiere date for “The Franchise” has been released.