Andrew Garfield playing Richard Branson in new Hot Air miniseries | TV series

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Here’s the kind of story that seems to have been generated by Madlibs – Andrew Garfield is on board to star as Richard Branson in a limited series titled Hot air scripted by Paddington 2 co-writer Jon Croker and directed by Deadpool 2it’s David Leitch.

Croker adapted the book by investigative journalist Martyn Gregory dirty trickswhich chronicles the corporate battle between Branson’s Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.

As Virgin began its initial meteoric rise, securing slots at Heathrow, BA launched a campaign of using passenger name records and impersonating staff to obtain inside information.

In response, Branson approached the European Commission, but instead of stepping down, the competition upped their game, creating “Operation Barbara”, which seeded negative stories about Virgin in the press. Branson took the case to court and a settlement was reached just before trial, with BA apologizing and paying damages plus costs.

While visions of Garfield as Branson punching BA executives before handing them marmalade sandwiches dance through our heads, we’ll have to wait and see where this one lands – it’s currently headed to major streaming companies.

Garfield, of course, earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the Mormon Murders miniseries. Under the banner of heavenwhich ended last month on Disney+ here.

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