Cary Fukunaga to Direct Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in Dark Comedy Series ‘Maniac’
Cary Fukunaga may not ever return to True Detective (assuming True Detective returns at all), but the Beasts of No Nation director has another major TV project in mind. Fukunaga has been tapped to direct a new series adaptation of dark comedy Maniac, already set to star Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
Deadline reports that the half-hour series has been shopping an order to various outlets, potentially straight-to-series for two full seasons. Jonah Hill and Emma Stone already locked to star, Maniac follows a 2014 Norwegian series of a man living a fantasy life in his dreams, but in actuality locked up at an institution.
The two Superbad stars will play patients, while Fukunaga will likely direct all episodes. For the moment, no official writer has yet been chosen, while Fukunaga, Stone and Hill will executive produce the Paramount TV project with Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Doug Wald.
Netflix seems like an easy choice, given Fukunaga’s work and the fact that Maniac shares producers with the original Lilyhammer, but where might Maniac ultimately end up? Will Stone and Hill really stay aboard for two seasons, episode commitment depending?
Watch the original Maniac trailer below.