UNIT9 shares two new films in which Jason Sudeikis stars as Ted Lasso, who consistently interrupts José Mourinho's downtime for advice on his position as coach for the fictional British football team, AFC Richmond. The new series on Apple TV that launched on 14th August follows Lasso's journey discovering the differences between British and US football.
Director James Kibbey said: "Having ploughed a comedy furrow in the field of sports for the last few years, this project - combining genuine A list comedy and football talent - really was the dream ticket. The first conversations were around making this another Zoom call, but I felt strongly that we could elevate this further and create something that had some genuine laughs, some Mourinho in-jokes, but also deliver a production value in line with the TV show itself."
"But that came with challenges!" continued Kibbey. "We battled quarantines, Covid shooting restrictions (the cameras for the LA shoot were all remote operated), and ‘extremely fluid talent diaries’ whilst working with production teams in London and LA to get these films over the line. Remote directing the 'Special One' from a tiny bedroom in a rented cottage in Devon will live long in the memory for sure."
"The final product is credit to the work of a huge number of people on both sides of the pond. If these films convince just one more person to go and check out the Ted Lasso series then we will have failed. But I’m hoping we’ll have steered a fair few more in the show’s direction as it’s a gem", James concluded.
Created by the sports streaming service DAZN and produced by UNIT9, these films are a teaser for these comedy series.
PROD COMPANY: UNIT9
DIRECTOR: James Kibbey
CREATIVE: John McDonnell
PRODUCER: Dave Birchall and Harry Starkey-Midha
LA PRODUCER: Brian Taravella
EXEC PROD: Andrew Davies
LONDON DOP: Chris Dodds
LA DOP: Brian Lannin
EDITOR: Louis Fonseca
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