Chris Lilley lands joint ABC, HBO, BBC series
Angry Boys is to be produced by ABC & HBO, to also air on the BBC, with 12 episodes shot in Australia and overseas.
The ABC has confirmed the finer detail on Chris Lilley’s next series, to be titled Angry Boys. And it’s very bloody impressive.
Lilley has landed a co-production with ABC and HBO -not only an Australian first, but with an order for 12 episodes, 4 more than Summer Heights High. It will also air on the BBC.
Shooting in a mock documentary style, the series will explore ‘what it means to be a 21st century boy by putting the male of the species under the microscope.’
It will film in both Australian and overseas, with pre-production to begin on Monday. Casting for US performers went out this week.
Chris Lilley says he’s been writing the new show for a long time, adding, “There will be new characters and lots of surprises for the audience, and I’m really excited about having a longer-running series to work with.”
The ABC’s Courtney Gibson said: “The scripts are absolutely terrific: Once again Chris is pushing comedy and character somewhere really challenging and ambitious. Moving forward with HBO and the BBC as partners means the series will play on the world stage right after we premiere it here in Australia.”
Sue Naegle, President, HBO Entertainment said: “Chris Lilley combines a wicked sense of humour with fearless insights into human nature, which gives his comedy a universal appeal. We were thrilled to share Summer Heights High with the U.S. audience and are sure that Angry Boys will connect with our subscribers and the media.”
Angry Boys is a co-production between the team of Chris Lilley and Princess Pictures.