VENICE, Italy -- Netflix is joining forces with Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of "La La Land," for "The Eddy," a Paris-set musical drama series which will mark Chazelle's first venture into TV.Chazelle will direct two episodes of the series, on top of exec-producing. The eight-episode show comes from IMG and will premiere exclusively on Netflix for subscribers around the world.Jack Thorne, the five-time BAFTA Award-winning of "National Treasure" and "This is England," is writing "The Eddy." Glen Ballard, the...
Damien Chazelle has had a good year. Not only did he make Oscar history as the youngest best director winner ever, but he made a deal with Netflix for a musical-drama series set in Paris and lined up his next film, reteaming him with “La La Land” star Ryan Gosling.
Chazelle has become an important Hollywood player at 32. He graduated from Harvard in 2007, where “La La Land” composer Justin Hurwitz was a classmate. In the 10 years since then, he’s made three films: “Guy and Madeleine on a Park Bench” (2009), “Whiplash” (with five Oscar noms) and the risky nostalgic-experimental musical “LLL.” The Lionsgate-released film met with acclaim on the fall 2016 festival circuit. It went on to earn $445 million worldwide at the box office and scored a record-setting seven Golden Globes wins, including best picture, director and screenplay. The film then tied with “All About Eve” and “Titanic” by earning 14 Academy Award nominations. It won six, including Chazelle’s win as director.
Hot on the heels of that, Oceanside Media bought his screenplay “The Claim,” aiming for 2018 release. And Chazelle will reteam with Gosling for “First Man,” a bio of astronaut Neil Armstrong.
Chazelle’s deal with Netflix is full of symbolism. As an Oscar winner who’s vocal about his devotion to old Hollywood-style fare, he is collaborating with a company that the established industry regards with fascination and fear: Is Netflix a friend or foe? Clearly, it’s a friend. Chazelle will direct two episodes out of the eight segs ordered for “The Eddy.” It’s set in a Parisian jazz club. Jack Thorne will script, Glen Ballardwill write music, while Ballard and Alan Poul are exec producers.