HBO has ordered The Franchise, a comedy pilot about a film crew working on a superhero movie, per Deadline. The pilot will explore the dysfunctional chaos behind-the-scenes in superhero movies and determine whether franchise filmmaking is a creative vessel or a tunnel of doom.
The Franchise comes from Academy Award nominee Armando Iannucci (In the Loop) and Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (Informer), who will both executive produce the pilot. Additional EPs include Keith Akushie (Ten Percent) and journalist Marina Hyde, who will also write the series. Emmy Award winner Jon Brown, whose recent credits include Succession, Dead Pixels, and Misfits, will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner on The Franchise. Brown, Akushie, and Iannucci created the story behind the pilot, and Akushie and Brown wrote the episode, as reported by Deadline.
Iannucci’s recent credits include Avenue 5, The Personal History of David Copperfield, The Death of Stalin, and Veep, which earned him two Emmy Awards and seven nominations. Iannucci served as a writer, executive producer, director, and creator on the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-led series, which garnered 68 Emmy nominations and 17 wins.
Mendes’s recent work includes Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, Britannia, The Lehman Trilogy, and 1917, which earned him three Academy Award nominations. His upcoming film, which he wrote and directed, is titled Empire of Light and stars Academy Award winner Olivia Colman (The Crown). The Franchise will mark Mendes’s directorial debut on television.
HBO has yet to confirm a cast or additional production information for The Franchise.