7 Days In Hell executive producers Andy Samberg and Murray Miller are going to follow up that well-received HBO tennis mockumentary with another sports one, this time focusing on Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and doping. Appropriately, it’s titled Tour de Pharmacy. Here’s more information on the project, from Michael O’Connell of The Hollywood Reporter:
Murray Miller and Andy Samberg have picked their next sporting event to spoof. The team behind 7 Days in Hell executive producers are going from a storied tennis rivalry to a thinly-veiled parody of Lance Armstrong’s tainted time on the bike.
The duo’s Legends of Sport shingle is currently developing Tour de Pharmacy at HBO, a mockumentary that takes a look into the prevalence of doping in the world of professional cycling. Miller will write and Samberg will star. And Samberg is not alone. Though the project is currently casting, Daveed Diggs, Julia Ormond, Phylicia Rashad, Will Forte, Dolph Lundgren, John Cena, Mike Tyson and Nathan Fielder are among those already attached to star.
…David Bernad is executive producing Tour de Pharmacy alongside Miller and Samberg, with M Elizabeth Hughes set to produce and 7 Days helmer Jake Szymanski is back as director and co-producer.
Part of The AP Party’s Jeremy Klumpp’s review of 7 Days In Hell is notable here for both that previous effort’s quality and the lack of sports mockumentaries out there:
The mockumentary genre is full of musical, political, and everyday life examples, but relatively few sports ones. Somewhat by default, this makes 7 Days In Hell the greatest sports mockumentary of all time. But that’s not a knock on the special itself because it is very good.
It pokes fun at tennis tropes, along with the ESPN 30 for 30 series, but like This is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind, it comes from of an appreciation for the subjects. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Samberg said that he is a fan of both and that was part of the fun of making 7 Days In Hell.
Samberg and Miller proved that sports mockumentaries can work with 7 Days In Hell, and the Armstrong saga certainly would seem to provide plenty of comedic material. The cast attached so far also has significant potential. It will be interesting to follow this one and see if Miller and Samberg can strike sports mockumentary gold again.