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‘Maniac’ Season 2: Cary Fukunaga Would be ‘Very Happy’ If Series Continued, but He’s Not Interested in Directing It

The science-fiction series, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, premiered September 21 on Netflix.

Emma Stone, "Maniac"

Emma Stone, “Maniac”


Netflix debuted its highly anticipated new series “Maniac” on September 21, and any viewer who binged all 10 episodes is surely thinking about what a second season would look like and asking whether or not the streaming giant will move forward with new episodes. Cary Fukunaga, who directed every installment of “Maniac,” tells Business Insider (via Variety) he’d be interested in seeing the series continue, although he’s not going to direct any new episodes.

“For me, I like to do one and move onto something else,” Fukunaga said. “I’d be very happy if another season were to happen, but I think they were just thinking about this as a limited season, and if there’s an appetite for another one then I think [show creator] Patrick [Somerville] would be happy to take it up and do it again. But not with me.”

“Maniac” stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill as patients in a pharmaceutical drug trial that seeks to erase mental illness and heartbreak from the mind. The show is based on the Norwegian television series of the same name and follows in the footsteps of HBO’s “True Detective” by being entirely helmed by Fukunaga. The director, whose film work includes “Sin Nombre” and Netflix’s first original feature “Beasts of No Nation,” recently landed the directing gig for Bond 25.

While “Maniac” is billed as a limited series, that doesn’t necessarily mean the show won’t continue in the future. Fukunaga’s comment to Variety suggests creator Somerville is already interested in more “Maniac” should Netflix streaming numbers indicate interest in new episodes. Fukunaga similarly left directing duties when “True Detective” returned for a second installment. Television viewers have already seen other shows initially pitched as limited series get picked up for a second run, which is the case with HBO’s “Big Little Lies.”

“Maniac” is now streaming in its entirety on Netflix.

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