A new series with an impressive lineup of Oscar and Emmy honorees involved has been snapped up by Netflix with a 10-episode order. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the streamer snagged “Maniac,” a dark comedy starring Oscar nominees Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
The project was picked up just days after it hit the marketplace, THR notes.
“Produced by Paramount Television and directed by Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga (‘True Detective’), the project is based on 2014 Norwegian comedy series ‘Maniac,'” THR reports. “A search for a writer is under way, with Stone and Hill set to star and Fukunaga set to direct every episode. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content executive produce via the latter’s overall deal with the independent studio.”
Stone is an Academy Award nominee for the 2014 movie “Birdman,” and Hill has two Oscar nominations, for “Moneyball” (2011) and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013). Hill and Stone worked together previously in “Superbad.”
THR adds: “The original ‘Maniac’ revolves around Espen, a mental patient at a psychiatric ward who escapes reality and lives in a fantasy world in his mind. In addition to starring, Stone and Hill would executive produce alongside Fukunaga [and] Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Doug Wald.”