Sam Mendes will direct the pilot for The Franchise, an original comedy commissioned by HBO which will be produced by Neal Street Productions.

The project is currently in development and will be executive produced by Armando Iannucci and executive produced for Neal Street by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Nicolas Brown and Julie Pastor.


The Franchise 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? 

Key Creatives & Cast

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