HBO have released a short (very short) teaser trailer for Veep. To be honest the trailer isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but the fact that the series is written by Armando Iannucci, and the fact that Armando has confirmed Chris Morris will direct some of the episodes is probably the most exciting thing in the world.
The show stars Seinfeld/Curb star Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a disconbobulated vice-president, who is not content with the role. Many are comparing the character to Sarah Palin.
As usual there is the worry with an American remake of a British idea that it might become too American, but if can trust anyone to keep it as we like it it’s Iannucci (Morris also).
For those of you who didnt make it to the end of the trailer (all 27 seconds of it), the show is coming to HBO in April 2012. It will be shown in the UK on Sky Atlantic.
Wowzers, here is a rare interview with Chris Morris.
In this great interview for ‘The Sound of Young America’, Morris doesn’t just talk about his latest project ‘Four Lions’, he talks about his whole career, integrated with classic Morris sound bites.
I recommend this to all budding comedy writers as Chris goes in depth about his comedy, which is really interesting.
Chris is famous for his privacy and is known for not participating in interviews, so this is a little unusual, a real treat for any fans of Morris, it comes in the week of Four Lions’ American release.
Both Cemetery Junction and Four Lions are released on DVD in the UK today.
The two films are the big screen debuts of two of Britain’s best screenwriters, Gervais & Merchant and Chris Morris.
Cemetery Junction written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant is a coming of age story set in Reading, whilst the controversial Four Lions by Chris Morris follows a group of wannabe terrorists in London.
Cemetery Junction made £1,421,688 at the UK box Office during its run in cinemas, whilst Four Lions grossed £2,928,884
Both are absolutely brilliant films, and are definitely in Blue Nun’s Top 2 films of 2010, hopefully they will raise the profile of British comedy around the world even higher than it already is, but with Cemetery Junction being released as a DVD only release in America and the chances of Americans seeing the funny side to a comedy about terrorists (except in the south, where they might just think it is actually slagging off Muslims), you get the feeling America might miss out this year.