Netflix announces next original film, 'Mascots'

In the wake of its cancellation of Steve van Zandt mobster dramedy Lilyhammer, Netflix announced its next original movie, Mascots. The Christopher Guest comedy is slated to premier sometime in 2016, according to an announcement on the provider's website.

Netflix Mascots invite

Netflix announced Mascots in an image formatted to look like an invitation or flyer. (Source: Netflix)

"Welcome all to 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 suits compete to win the prestigious gold Fluffy award and be crowned best mascot in the world," the announcement read.

Details are still somewhat unclear: The announcement was presented as a pop-up image on Netflix's website, styled as a postcard-type invitation.

Netflix had not responded to a request for more details by press time.

If Guest's previous films are any indication, Mascots is likely to be a mockumentary-style film in the vein of This Is Spinal Tap or Best In Show. Deadline Hollywood speculated that the cast -- currently not announced -- will feature actors who have frequented Guest's films in the past. "Whether his usual suspects -- i.e. Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, go-to writing partner Eugene Levy, et al. -- will take part in the shenanigans is yet to be seen." Deadline also noted that UTA Independent Film Group, which reps Guest, brokered the deal with Netflix.

For more:
- see the announcement (attachment on right of page)
- see this Deadline Hollywood article

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