Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Maniac’ Gets Straight-to-Series Order from Netflix

     March 23, 2016

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Last week, we reported on Maniac, an upcoming TV series directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone. The trifecta of Fukunaga (who would helm all ten episodes), Hilll, and Stone was exciting enough, but it also has a great hook: Hill plays a man in a mental institution who escapes to a fantasy world where he’s the hero and everything’s great (Stone plays a fellow patient).

With this talented group and an intriguing plot (which is based off a 2014 Norwegian series), perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have managed to sell it in such a short time. And the victor should also come as no surprise: Netflix.


According to Deadline, the streaming service is finalizing a deal to a straight-to-series 10-episode order with Fukunaga likely directing all episodes.

Now the question becomes when we’ll actually get to see this. The search is currently under way for a writer, and the principles involved each have other projects. Fukunaga is working on the TNT drama series The Alienist starring Garrett Hedlund, Stone is starring in the Billie Jean King biopic Battle of the Sexes, and we’ll have to see how quickly the Men in Black/Jump Street crossover comes together for Hill. This sounds like a project we won’t be seeing until late 2017 at the earliest, but at least it’s found a good home with Netflix.

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