Armando Iannucci has a new comedy in the works: HBO has ordered the pilot for The Franchise, a new series about the making of superhero movies.
Term (opens in a new tab) describes the new series as a “tongue-in-cheek look” at the world of superhero movies that follows a “hopeful team trapped inside the dysfunctional, wacky, joyful hell of the franchise’s superhero movies.” – Is this the new dawn of Hollywood or the last battle of cinema? Is this a dream factory or a chemical plant?
Iannucci will executive produce the series, while Skyfall and 1917 director Sam Mendes will direct the pilot. Jon Brown, who writes for Succession, is on board as showrunner, and Guardian columnist Marina Hyde is also in charge of scriptwriting. As for any involvement in superhero movies, Mendes revealed in 2012 that he was once approached to direct the first Avengers movie.
Meanwhile, Iannucci is no stranger to HBO as the creator of the comedy shows Veep and Avenue 5. He also wrote and directed films like 2017’s The Death of Stalin and 2019’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, as well as co-creating the character. by Alan Partridge, portrayed by Steve Coogan in a variety of television shows and movies since the 1990s.
The franchise does not yet have a release date. While we wait for the pilot to hit HBO, check out our guide to the other best new TV shows coming up in 2022.