Netflix’s venture into the world of original movies just keeps getting more ambitious. They’ve already got the Cary Fukunaga-directed, Idris Elba-starring Beasts of No Nation arriving later this year, and now they’ve picked up a comedy superstar in director Christopher Guest (This Is Spinal Tap, Best In Show) for another film.
The streaming giant announced today that Mascots, Guest’s first film as a director since 2006’s For Your Consideration, will be its next original movie, and will arrive next year. Here’s the synopsis:
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 suits, compete to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned the best mascot in the world.
That description doesn’t tell us whether or not Guest will make this film in the same improv-heavy, documentary style that made stuff like Best In Show so great, but we’re guessing he will. Whatever the film turns out to be, this is a major acquisition for Netflix in its quest to become a big movie player.