A new comedy series, Ass, has been picked up by creative house Augusto. The series boasts a great local line up with the directorship and executive producing by heavy weights Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, respectively.
Augusto, with its extensive work with creative story telling, won the option rights to develop and produce the project. The series will be produced by Daniel Story and Cass Avery while the production and distribution plans for Ass are expected for next year.
Ass, was originally created by honorary Kiwi comedian Cori Gonzalez-Macuer and screenwriter Louis Mendiola.
Michelle Walshe, CEO at Augusto, commented said Ass perfectly matches with the agencies creative ethos.
“With that, a big focus for the team has been to develop quality longform entertainment with world-class talent from both here and abroad. This is a really exciting opportunity to make something very special with gifted storytellers. We can’t wait to get stuck in”
Daniel Story, executive producer at Augusto added: “We’re thrilled to be working with such an amazingly talented team to bring ‘Ass’ to life. The pilot script is inventive and hilarious – we look forward to progressing it into production and distribution as soon as possible.”
Ass centres on a depressed (and broke) puppeteer who reluctantly accepts to work with his ex-fiancée and former puppeteer-partner on a top secret gig in which they must fill-in for a famous donkey actor on the wildly popular American TV political comedy, Hey Donkey!, after the superstar animal goes mysteriously missing.
Ass’ Co-creator Cori Gonzalez-Macuer commented: “I’ve worked on a few things over the years, but this project feels like it’s actually going somewhere. It’s an awesome combination of working with Louis, a production company that is actually investing in us and now with Taika and Jemaine involved, it’d be pretty weird if we f****ed it up.”