HBO Drama Pilot Adam McKay

HBO Orders Drama Pilots From EPs Adam McKay, Kathryn Bigelow

HBO is hoping to hit pay dirt with the filthy rich.

The cable network has a given a pilot order to the drama Succession, executive-produced and directed by Adam McKay (The Big Short), our sister site Deadline reports.

Written by Peep Show co-creator Jesse Armstrong, Succession revolves around a fictional, American global-media family that is not only wealthy and influential but also exceptionally dysfunctional. The series will explore such topics as loyalty, international business and the perils of power in the 21st century. Frank Rich (Veep) and McKay’s Funny or Die collaborator Will Ferrell — who also produced the comedies Bad Judge and Eastbound & Down — are among the EPs.

Also receiving a pilot order at the network is Mogadishu, Minnesota, a family drama from executive producer Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) about what it means to be American among the Somalis of Minneapolis. The project will be written/directed/exec-produced by rapper K’naan Warsame, with Carolyn Strauss (Game of Thrones) serving as an EP.

Do either of these HBO pilots excite you? Hit the comments with your thoughts!