‘Avenue 5’: Armando Iannucci Space Comedy Starring Hugh Laurie Is on Its Way to HBO

IndieWire | 4/22/2019 | Staff
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With satire dying an excruciating death on earth, Armando Iannucci is officially heading to space. Variety is reporting that HBO has given a series order to “Avenue 5,” a comedy set decades in the future in a world where interplanetary travel is a successful, viable industry.

Before directing last year’s critically acclaimed historical comedy “The Death of Stalin,” Iannucci served as a writer on a number of Alan Partridge series and as the creator of both “Veep” and “The Thick of It.” The latter formed the basis for 2009’s “In the Loop,” Iannucci’s first film as a director. In the process, he and co-writers Jesse Armstrong (who went on to create fellow HBO series “Succession”), Simon Blackwell, and Tony Roche nabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.

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Iannucci also directed the pilot of “Avenue 5,” though no announcement has yet been made on the number of episodes in this season or the target premiere date.

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