While Christopher Guest is a familiar face to film fans for his numerous roles, including that of Nigel Tufnel in This Is Spinal Tap and the six-fingered Count Rugen in The Princess Bride, his work behind the camera has been similarly prolific, garnering him critical acclaim throughout his career. Having co-written This is Spinal Tap, Guest made his directorial debut in 1989 with The Big Picture, going on to direct numerous other films, with his last feature, For Your Consideration, coming in 2006. Guest moved to television shortly after, with his series Family Tree running for one season on HBO in 2013, and many fans wondering when he’d return behind the camera. Guest’s next project has now been announced, but it’s also poised to be on a small screen, as his next film will be a Netflix original.
Guest joins a growing roster of original movie creators and selections for the streaming service, which includes Cary Fukunaga’s upcoming film Beasts of No Nation , the forthcoming sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon titled The Green Legend, and Adam Sandler’s upcoming four films, which includes his next feature The Ridiculous Six. Guest’s film marks the first collaboration between the filmmaker and Netflix, and will be released in 2016, though an official date has yet to be set.
The film will be a Netflix exclusive, and is called Mascots. It will revolve around a group of individuals at the 8th annual Mascot Association Championships, all of whom are competing for the title of Best Mascot. Netflix’s official announcement of the film can be seen below. A cast for the film has yet to be announced.
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