The half-hour dark comedy, titled “Maniac,” hails from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content. The search for a writer is underway.
While a network is not attached, the project is eyeing premium platform. Sources tell Variety “Maniac” will be shopped to cable and streaming networks, with creatives looking for a straight-to-series order. The project may be seeking a two-season order upfront, according to Deadline, which first reported the news.
It’s no doubt Netflix will consider the project, given Fukunaga’s close ties with Netflix, coming off of his award-recognized film “Beasts of No Nation,” which marked the first feature film for the streaming giant. Fukunaga is also in business with HBO, as director and exec producer on the premium cabler’s “True Detective.”
“Maniac” is about a guy who lives a fantasy life in his dreams, but in reality, is locked up at an institution. Both Hill and Stone will play patients in the institution.
The project marks a first for both Hill and Stone who would make their series regular TV debuts, should the project be picked up. It also marks a reunion for the two Oscar nominees who first teamed together in 2007 comedy flick “Superbad.”
Hill and Stone would also make their TV producing debut as the two stars are attached to exec produce with Fukunaga, Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Doug Wald, plus co-exec producer Ashley Zalta. The series is based on a Norwegian format, which debuted in 2015 and hails from writer/director/stars Hakon Bast Mossige and Espen Petrus Andersen Lervaag.
Hill, Stone and Fukunaga are all repped by WME.