Netflix’s upcoming TV series, Maniac, will take advantage of the award circuit adulation over Emma Stone, notably from her role in the modern musical La La Land, which propelled her stardom to stratospheric levels with a Best Lead Actress Oscar win. Thus, it’s a testament to the power of streaming outlet Netflix that – against the backdrop of that – it could procure her interest for the dark comedy series, which, directed by Cary Fukunaga, will reunite her with Superbad co-star Jonah Hill.
The Netflix series, which adapts the Norwegian TV series of the same name, is expected to arrive later in 2018, and has not settled on a release date.
Maniac Netflix Trailer
A new Maniac trailer has arrived, showcasing more of the mind-manipulated mayhem in store for Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill) after they undergo a mysterious pharmaceutical trial with the shady Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech.
Netflix’s TCA summer tour presentation yielded a stylish, Legion-esque first trailer.
Maniac Netflix Release Date
Maniac will debut on Netflix on September 21.
Maniac Netflix News
Netflix has unveiled the first preview images of Maniac, showcasing its appropriately offbeat institutional aesthetics; something that viewers of FX’s Legion might consider familiar. However, here, the official logline describes Maniac as “the story of two strangers who find themselves caught up in a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial gone awry.”
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Emma Stone and Jonah Hill’s headlining comedy series titled Maniac went into production in New York City on August 15 2017. Of course, in a narrative that can’t be overlooked, the series will also deliver an intriguing onscreen reunion, since comedy fans remember the duo of Stone and Hill from their awkward, headbutt-prone courtship in the crass 2007 comedy Superbad.
Justin Theroux (The Leftovers, The Girl on the Train) co-stars on the series, along with two-time Oscar winner Sally Field (The Amazing Spider-Man, Lincoln) and Jemima Kirke (Girls, The Little Hours).
The 10-episode Netflix series will be written by Patrick Somerville (The Bridge, The Leftovers), adapting a 2014 Norwegian series of the same name. Moreover, Maniac will also enjoy the directorial talent of Cary Fukunaga, who made quite the cultural impact in 2014 directing and showrunning the Emmy-winning inaugural season of HBO’s True Detective. Fukunaga and Netflix are hardly strangers, since he wrote and directed their 2015 original film Beasts of No Nations, a controversial, bellwether offering for the industry that evoked the ire of distributors who claimed its streaming debut violated theatrical windows.
Maniac Netflix Story
Maniac, mirroring the plot of the original Norwegian series, will center on the primary characters played by Stone and Hill; two people restricted to a mental institution, who manage to create fantasy worlds to escape the isolation of their insular existences. While the premise is arguably reminiscent of Zack Snyder’s 2011 atmospheric, sexified written/directorial action drama Sucker Punch, the show’s status as a comedy clearly telegraphs a different tone. Indeed, with the medium of television also recently covering the same “unreliable narrator” imagination filter trope with USA’s Mr. Robot, we can expect Maniac to purposefully project off-the-wall-themes.
Reinforcing the high-profile nature of the Maniac project (which landed on Netflix’s docket back in March), the report claims that the proverbial toast of the town, Stone, and perennial comedy star Hill kicked off the project with a January 2017 meeting in LA with Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey, who apparently rolled up his sleeves to be directly involved with the series, specifically when it came to ensuring that the stars’ busy schedules were synchronized enough to field their roles.