Netflix has been getting creative with its series announcements. Yesterday, it revealed the season 2 pick-up of its sci-fi series “Sense8” via semi-cryptic Facebook and Twitter videos marking the shared birthdays of the show’s characters. Today, the streaming alerted the world that it is partnering with filmmaker Christopher Guest on the original film “Mascots” by posting a faux invitation on social media outlets.
“Welcome to all the drama, intrigue, and occasional 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 invitation reads.
“Mascots” will premiere on Netflix in 2016. No further details were revealed.
The mascot milieu has already been the subject of a streaming doc series, Josh Greenbaum’s “Behind the Mask,” which premiered its second season on Hulu in February.
Best known as one of the stars and co-writers of the classic rockumentary spoof “This is Spinal Tap,” Guest has specialized in semi-improvised faux documentaries about quirky, obsessive characters with big crazy dreams such as 1996’s “Waiting for Guffman,” about a small-town musical production with Broadway ambitions, and 2000’s “Best in Show,” a behind-the-scenes look at the fictional Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. In 2006, he took the concept into the narrative realm with “For Your Consideration,” about a group of actors surviving in the margins of Hollywood who are suddenly thrust into awards season contention with their film “Home for Purim.”
Most recently, Guest co-created (with Jim Piddock) and directed the BBC Two/HBO mockumentary series “Family Tree” (2013), starring Chris O’Dowd.