It is not uncommon to see a so powerful superhero that a bullet can’t go through their skin. Soon though, the whole genus will need such thick skin because Armando Iannucci comes for them.
The man behind genre shows like Veep and Avenue 5 (season two when?), as well as similar satirical feature films Stalin’s death and In the loopjust scored a pilot order for a new HBO show titled Franchise. Directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall, road to perdition), it’s a half hour comedy in the world of superhero franchise cinema. Jon Brown (5 Avenue, Estate) is the showrunner.
According Deadline, Franchise follows a hopeful team trapped in the dysfunctional, absurd and joyful hellscape of franchise superhero moviemaking. If and when they finally make it to the light of day, the question they must face –is this the new dawn of Hollywood or the last fight of cinema? Is it a dream factory or a chemical factory?
So much moviegoers and filmmakers like to talk about how the rise of superhero movies over the past 15 years marked the end of cinema as we once knew it. One could imagine that this idea must be at the heart of Iannucci’s show: wIt can feel like making movies that the general public loves, but you yourself might not. Or how it might impact someone who feels like they’re responsible for changing the face of movie history one franchise sequel at a time.
Of course, this Franchise only has a pilot order means it may never see the light of day. HBO executives will have to watch the pilot and decide if they want to invest in more episodes. But the idea of Mendes directing Iannucci’s bite the humor in the world of superhero movies is too rich to ignore.
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