Up until the first glimpse of the newest Netflix series “Maniac,” details on this high-profile remake were sparse. Turns out, it’s because the Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed finished product looks like it can be literally anything it wants.
Based (very loosely) on a Norwegian series of the same name, “Maniac” doubles the fantasies of the original, splitting out the escapist adventures of two patients in the midst of an experimental drug trial. Together it looks like the series is going to put Jonah Hill and Emma Stone’s characters through a series of alternate realities, including some “Lord of the Rings”-style journeys, Jazz Age society soirees, and Hill in a crisp throwback Warren Moon jersey.
The Netflix version of “Maniac” comes from writer/creator Patrick Somerville, novelist and alum of “The Leftovers” (where he co-wrote the Season 3 Emotional Devastation Hour Known as “Certified“). Meanwhile, after his groundbreaking work on “True Detective” Season 1, Fukunaga is making his triumphant TV return after passing up being behind the camera on “The Alienist” to work on this opening ten-episode season.
Hill and Stone are joined in the building of these bizarre flights of fancy by Sally Field, Jemima Kirke, Julia Garner, Sonoya Mizuno (who’s making quite the sci-fi TV splash this past week), and the star of Somerville’s old show, Justin Theroux, who looks like he’s having no trouble stepping into the role of the ethically dubious scientist overseeing the trial.
Watch the full trailer (featuring some very solid eyeglass work all around) below:
“Manaic” premieres Friday, September 21 on Netflix.