×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Emma Stone, Jonah Hill Reuniting for TV Series Directed by Cary Fukunaga

Emma Stone and Jonah Hill are in talks to star in a TV series being directed by Cary FukunagaVariety has confirmed.

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 VarietyManiac” 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.

More TV

  • Anders Holm and Tika Sumpter

    Anders Holm and Tika Sumpter Cast in 'Black-ish' Spinoff Episode

    Tika Sumpter and Anders Holm are joining the growing “Black-ish” world, Variety has learned. They will both star in the upcoming prequel episode, which could reportedly launch into its own spinoff series. As earlier reported, ABC is in development on the prequel that would focus on Tracee Ellis Ross’ character Rainbow. Holm will play Paul, Rainbow’s father, [...]

  • Writers Guild Blasts CAA, WME for

    Writers Guild Blasts Talent Agencies CAA, WME for 'Soaring' Profits

    The Writers Guild of America has singled out Hollywood’s largest talent agencies, William Morris Endeavor and Creative Artists Agency, for allegedly soaring profits. The WGA, in an acrimonious negotiation over proposed new rules about how agencies represent writers, issued a report called “agencies for sale” on Monday morning — a few hours before a fifth [...]

  • Kevin Tsujihara

    Kevin Tsujihara Out as Warner Bros. Chief Amid Sexual Impropriety Scandal

    Kevin Tsujihara has resigned his post as chairman-CEO of Warner Bros. following an investigation into his relationship with actress Charlotte Kirk and allegations he used his clout to help her find work at the studio. In a statement, Tsujihara said he realized “my continued leadership could be a distraction and an obstacle to the company’s [...]

  • The Village NBC

    TV Review: NBC's 'The Village'

    Even by the standards of network television, NBC’s “The Village” wears its inspiration boldly and openly: It’s “This Is Us,” except set among the disparate residents of an apartment building rather than the members of a family. “The Village” leans, hard, into the “This Is Us” formula of trauma-as-drama, deriving its tone from its characters [...]

  • TV Shows to Watch the Week

    TV Shows to Watch the Week of March 18, 2019: ‘The Act’ Premieres on Hulu

    Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV. Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “The Act” premieres on Hulu and “The OA” returns for Season 2 on [...]

  • Fox News Logo

    Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile Joins Fox News as Contributor

    Donna Brazile, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will join Fox News as a contributor, the cable-news network announced Monday, making a high-profile liberal commentator part of the offering from a network often seen to have close ties with conservative voters. Brazile, a veteran Democratic strategist, will offer political analysis across both Fox [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content