First Cary Joji Fukunaga, then Brad Pitt and now Christopher Guest. Netflix has yet to premiere one of their original films yet, but the talent behind their upcoming slate is shaping up to be one impressive group.
In a cryptic invitation, Netflix and Christopher Guest have announced that the latter’s next film will hit the streaming platform exclusively in 2016. Titled “Mascots,” the movie will follow a group of “unusual men and women” who “compete to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned best mascot in the world.”
No cast, characters or further plot developments have been revealed, though the short synopsis provided sounds like a spiritual successor to Guest’s acclaimed 2001 comedy “Best in Show.” Whether that means the director will be back in mockumentary mode (“Show,” “A Mighty Wind,” “Waiting for Guffman”) remains to be seen. Guest’s last feature, the Hollywood awards satire “For Your Consideration,” was released in 2006 and was a traditional narrative feature. He briefly went to television for HBO’s “Family Tree,” which was swiftly canceled after only one season in 2013.
Guest’s comedy partner Eugene Levy has co-written and starred in every single feature of his, so it seems safe to assume the pair will be back together for this new project. As for the cast, Guest is well known for his recurring ensemble (many of which are his fellow “SCTV” alumni), including Catharine O’Hara, Michael McKean, Jane Lynch, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge and Parker Posey, and while it would be odd for a Guest film not to feature these gifted comedians, any casting info is just speculation at this point.
“Mascots” will premiere on Netlifx in 2016. Read the invitation below: