Loot co-creator Alan Young on mega-mansions and laughable comedy

There are mega mansions and there are mega mansions worth $500 million. Booty is all about the latter.

The streaming series Loot has something that its rivals can’t boast of: a $500 million mansion.

“It has been listed as the most expensive property ever [listed] in human existence,” Loot co-creator Alan Young told news.com.au. “When we researched and selected locations, we would find these locations and say, ‘Yeah, this is a $40 or $50 million mansion, what’s the next level?’

“So we pushed the team to go deeper and deeper, more and more.”

Loot, as the name suggests, plays in a very rich sandbox. Its main character is a woman named Molly (Maya Rudolph) who discovers her tech husband (Adam Scott) is cheating after 20 years of marriage.

In the ensuing divorce, she walks away with $87 billion and the pressure to find her purpose and herself through her charitable foundation.

Hence the stunning, incomprehensibly expensive mega-mansion. The setting is a real house (if it can be called a home at all) in Los Angeles called “The One”. It has seven swimming pools, a garage for 50 cars and its own nightclub.

A world of super yachts, private jets and mega mansions Mining located far from small government offices Parks and recreation areaswhere Ian and his collaborator Matt Hubbard first worked together.

Since then, Emmy Award winner Ian has produced some of the most acclaimed works of the last decade, including Master of Nothingphilosophical Forever and ever and personal film tiger tailwhich was based on the experience of his father who migrated to the US from Taiwan.

But with Loot, he and Hubbard wanted to do something different, something more fun and something with a higher laugh-per-minute ratio.

“We talked about wanting to do another workplace comedy. We both worked on parks and Matt worked on 30 Rock. These shows are really funny and end up touching a lot of people.

“This project was a fun idea and a nice change of pace, a bit more broad. We wanted to make a fun, funny show that also had ideas and heart, but something that was just fun to watch.

“Personally, I would pull away from a couple of more dramatic pieces, and in the last couple of years the world has been going through a lot more drama – a catastrophic pandemic, an uprising, a recession, gas prices – a million dollars apiece. gallon. Can you come home and put on a show that will make you laugh and bring you some joy?

“We definitely wanted to do a little more comedy. We kind of missed a time when comedy was a little more straight forward and funny.”

While Yang does not explicitly mention Melinda Gates and Mackenzie Scott, now ex-wives of Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos respectively, Yang does refer to the “real life counterparts” of the character Molly.

Rudolph had already worked with Young and Hubbard on Forever and everso they knew she could pull off the comedy and pathos of a woman who has come out of emotional trauma and a long-term relationship to find herself on her own, cashed in and on a journey of self-discovery.

“We don’t have billions of dollars, well, most of us don’t, and we don’t have access to that kind of wealth, but I think anyone can get over breaking up with someone you built a life with. for 20 years.

“What is the problem in your life after that? Especially if you add to that that your spouse or partner was the person who was your whole world and was such an important, powerful figure on a global scale, and in a way you were that person’s asset.

“Deep down, in deep dark corners before going to bed, you probably thought: “Is there anything more to life than this? Is there anything else I can suggest, like me?

“This character asks himself, ‘Do I have a big goal, is there somewhere else I can go, what is the rest of my journey?’

This heart Mining. Part of the ideas begins with implicitly challenging the effect of excessive wealth, exploring it through how Molly’s personal journey intersects with awareness of growing inequality.

“I know it sounds big in some ways, but this is the best script for this show. It’s kind of a Trojan horse, this idea of ​​looking at why there is inequality, who these billionaires are, what they’re doing to the world.

“If you get to the season 1 finale, you can see that even Molly herself is undergoing some sort of retribution and changing a bit.”

Loot is now streaming on Apple TV+

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