Filmmakers Armando Iannucci and Sam Mendes are set to team up on the HBO comedy pilot ‘The Franchise.’
The half-hour project takes a wry look at superhero movie-making. It follows a hopeful crew trapped inside the dysfunctional, nonsensical, joyous hellscape of franchise superhero movie-making. If and when they finally make the day, the question they must face — is this Hollywood’s new dawn or cinema’s last stand? Is this a dream factory or a chemical plant?
The pilot story was created by Jon Brown, Keith Akushie and Iannucci and the pilot was written by Brown and Akushie. Brown will also serve as showrunner.
The Franchise will be exec produced by Iannucci, via his Dundee Productions banner, and Mendes, via his All3Media-backed production company Neal Street Productions. The Oscar-winner Mendes, who hatched the idea, will also direct.
Marina Hyde, who writes a column in The Guardian newspaper, will write and executive produce alongside Keith Akushie, a co-exec producer and writer for season two of Avenue 5.
Neal Street’s Pippa Harris, Nicolas Brown and Julie Pastor will also exec produce.