Deadline is reporting Emma Stone and Jonah Hill are finalizing deals to star and Cary Fukunaga to direct Maniac, a blockbuster half-hour series package from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, sources say.
The dark comedy i2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivalss based on the 2014 Norwegian series about a guy who lives a fantasy life in his dreams but in reality is locked up at an institution. Hill and Stone will both play patients in the institution. I hear the project will be seeking a straight-to-series order, possibly for two seasons, with Fukunaga likely directing all episodes. Search is underway for a writer.
Fukunaga, Stone and Hill executive produce with Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Doug Wald. Anonymous’ Ashley Zalta co-executive produces. The project stems from Fukunaga and Anonymous’ deals with Paramount TV.
The original Maniac drama series, from Lilyhammer producer Rubicon TV, is written and directed by Hakon Bast Mossige and Espen PA Lervaag who also star in the show, airing on TV2. It is produced by Pal Kristiansen and Anna Kolbjørnsen of Rubicon TV and distributed by EspenHuseby of Nordic World.
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