HBO has greenlit a pilot and picked up backup scripts for “Avenue 5” which will be written and executive produced by Iannucci with the pilot expected to film in London in 2018.
All that’s known about the plot is that it’s set in the future onboard a spaceship. The natural assumption is something like “Galaxy Quest” or “Red Dwarf” but with the dark, biting, foul-mouthed savage satire of “The Thick of It” and “Veep”.
Iannucci stepped down from “Veep” in 2015, citing the toll producing a series in the U.S. has taken on him and his family. He recently directed “The Death of Stalin” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.