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Armando Iannucci and Sam Mendes teaming up for new comedy about making a superhero movie

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Armando Iannucci has a new comedy in the works – the pilot episode for The Franchise, a new series about the making of superhero movies, has been ordered at HBO.

Deadline (opens in new tab) describes the new series as a "wry look" at the world of superhero movies that follows a "hopeful crew trapped inside the dysfunctional, nonsensical, joyous hellscape of franchise superhero movies.

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?" Iannucci will be executive producing the series, while Skyfall and 1917 helmer Sam Mendes will direct the pilot.

Jon Brown, who's a writer on Succession, is on board as showrunner, and Guardian columnist Marina Hyde is also on screenwriting duties.

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