HBO has commissioned Neal Street Productions’ new comedy pilot, The Franchise, to go to series. Directed by Sam Mendes, Written by showrunner, Jon Brown and Executive Produced by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Nicolas Brown, and Julie Pastor for Neal Street Productions; Armando Iannucci for Dundee Productions; Jon Brown, and Jim Kleverweis.

No filming dates have been set.  The series will go into production following conclusion of the Industry strikes.


The crew of an unloved franchise movie fight for their place in a savage and unruly cinematic universe. The Franchise shines a light on the secret chaos inside the world of superhero moviemaking, to ask the question — how exactly does the cinematic sausage get made? Because every f*ck-up has an origin story.

Key Creatives & Cast

Key Creatives:

Directed by Sam Mendes 

Executive Produced by Armando Iannucci 

Executive Produced by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Nicolas Brown & Julie Pastor

Showrunner/Writer/Executive Producer Jon Brown 

Writer/Executive Producer Keith Akushie 

Writer/Executive Producer Marina Hyde 


Pilot story by Jon Brown, Keith Akushie and Armando Iannucci 

Pilot written by Jon Brown and Keith Akushie



Himesh Patel

Aya Cash

Jessica Hynes

Billy Magnussen

Lolly Adefope

Darren Goldstein

Isaac Powell

Richard E. Grant

Daniel Brühl