Though Netflix has built up its original TV slate to epic proportions over the last few years, the movie side hasn’t quite caught up. That’s changing, though, with the streaming service’s four-picture deal with Adam Sandler, as well as it landing the rights to Brad Pitt’s War Machine, Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation, and now Christopher Guest’s upcoming Mascots.
Though precious little is known about the movie (announced via a flyer by Netflix today), it seems to be in Guest’s trademark mockumentary style. The flyer states, “Welcome to all the drama, intrigue, and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of ‘unusual’ men and women, with big heads and furry shirts, compete to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned Best Mascot in the World.”
Like his other projects (This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, A Mighty Wind, and Best in Show in particular), Guest seems to be returning to an oft-unexplored world to highlight the “unusual” personalities that populate it.
Though his recent HBO series Family Tree (starring Chris O’Dowd) didn’t see a second season (it wasn’t perfect, but it was woefully under-appreciated) and For Your Consideration wasn’t the greatest, I’m still absolutely looking forward to whatever Guest has in store for us next, especially with this subject matter. For anyone who has watched Hulu’s great (real) documentary series Behind the Mask, you’ll know that the mascoting world is certainly one full of incredible stories.
Mascots is set to premiere in 2016, and will probably star Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Michael McKean, Parker Posey, and Jane Lynch in some capacity (as is Guest’s wont!)
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