Creator of Veep developing outer space comedy for HBO

Armando Iannucci's new comedy – set in space
HBO Orders a Space Comedy Pilot from Armando Iannucci
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26 September, 2017

Veep creator Armando Iannucci is looking toward his next project and it sounds like he wants to stay away from the political world as far as possible by setting his next show in outer space.

He is credited as the creator and the executive producer of the new show with the working title of Avenue 5, which is expected to be filmed next year in London.

Avenue 5 will pull into HBO's proverbial space dock when its London production commences, reportedly sometime in 2018.

Iannucci created HBO's Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and executive produced/ran the show for its first four seasons.

The pilot order comes days after HBO ordered a pilot for a TV adaptation of the beloved graphic novel Watchmen from Leftovers showrunner Damon Lindelof. HBO recently confirmed that the upcoming seventh season of the half-hour would be its last. He stepped down in 2015, citing the toll producing a series in the US has taken on him and his London-based family, but he remained in business with HBO.

Iannucci, a Scotland-born writer/director, has been honing his craft as a political satirist, mostly on television, achieving notable acclaim with the 2005-2012 United Kingdom civil servant comedy series The Thick of It, which famously showcased the obscenity-imbued rants of would-be 12Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi.

The British writer, who also created U.S. series Veep and movie In The Loop, is to make a series set in the future and mostly in space.


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