The Franchise (upcoming TV series)

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The Franchise
Created by
Directed bySam Mendes
Music byThomas Newman
Country of origin
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
CinematographyCarl Herse
Production companies
Original release

The Franchise is an upcoming comedy television series created by Armando Iannucci, Sam Mendes, and Jon Brown.


Depicts the issues faced by a film crew in production on a superhero film.





It was announced in August 2022 that HBO had greenlit a pilot for the series from Armando Iannucci, who will write the pilot alongside Keith Akushie and Jon Brown, with Sam Mendes set to direct, who also conceived of the idea of the series.[1]


In December, Billy Magnussen, Jessica Hynes, Darren Goldstein, Lolly Adefope and Isaac Cole Powell were cast in main roles, with Richard E. Grant and Daniel Brühl set to recur.[2] In August 2023, the series was ordered to series, with Himesh Patel and Aya Cash joining the cast.


Production on the pilot was completed before July 14, 2023, with filming suspended until the conclusion of the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike.[3] Filming for the first season commenced on February 26, 2024 with a planed three month production.[4]


  1. ^ White, Peter (August 8, 2022). "Sam Mendes & Armando Iannucci Set HBO Comedy Pilot The Franchise About Superhero Movie-Making". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 8 August 2022. Retrieved 9 August 2023.
  2. ^ White, Peter (December 16, 2022). "Sam Mendes & Armando Iannucci's HBO Pilot The Franchise Sets Cast Including Billy Magnussen, Jessica Hynes & Lolly Adefope". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 10 August 2023. Retrieved 9 August 2023.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (August 9, 2023). "Sam Mendes & Armando Iannucci's The Franchise Comedy Ordered To Series At HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 9 August 2023. Retrieved 9 August 2023.
  4. ^ "Filming gets underway on HBO superhero satire The Franchise". The Knowledge. February 26, 2024. Archived from the original on March 14, 2024. Retrieved April 14, 2024.