For every “Fuller House,” Netflix makes a deal that proves why we still look to it as a force for avant guard television. Today’s example: Deadline is reporting that the streaming monolith has picked up “Maniac,” the Paramount TV/Anonymous series to be directed by Cary Fukunaga.
Set to star Oscar nominees Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, “Maniac” is described as a dark comedy based on a 2014 Norwegian series about a man who thinks he leads the perfect life – but is actually trapped in an asylum.
Technically, Hill and Stone have both dallied in serialized TV before, Hill with the animated comedy “Allen Gregory” and Stone, in the early days of her career, on the short-lived Fox drama “Drive.” Meanwhile, Fukunaga not only recently directed “Beasts of No Nation,” Netflix’s big swing into the feature film world, but also won all the awards for directing every episode of “True Detective” Season 1, one of HBO’s most singular achievements.
Based on the description, “Maniac” sounds like a perfect blend for their talents (which explains why, per Deadline, it took mere days for the project to find a buyer). This is one to keep an eye on.
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