×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Netflix Teams With Damien Chazelle on Paris-Set Musical Series ‘The Eddy’

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 six-time Grammy Award-winning music composer and producer of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” and Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” is writing the original score for the series. Emmy-winning producer Alan Poul (“Six Feet Under,” “The Newsroom”) is executive producing.

A major coup for Netflix, “The Eddy” marks the streaming giant’s first collaboration with Chazelle, who joins a string of big-name directors, including the Coen Brothers, Martin Scorsese, Ava DuVernay, David Fincher and Shonda Rhimes, who have been lured to work with Netflix.

Set in contemporary multicultural Paris, “The Eddy” revolves around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them. The series will be shot in France, and will feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic.

Speaking to Variety at the Venice Film Festival, Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP of international originals, said the show would explore the relationship between the American and French-Arab co-owners of a jazz club. Barmack said “The Eddy” would feature French actors, crew members and possibly even French helmers directing some episodes. In terms of atmosphere and tone, Barmack said it would fall “somewhere in between” Chazelle’s previous movies “Whiplash” and “La La Land.”

“I’ve always dreamed of shooting in Paris, so I’m doubly excited to be teaming up with Jack, Glen and Alan on this story, and thrilled that we have found a home for it at Netflix,” Chazelle said.

Following on the heels of other productions in Europe, including “The Crown” and upcoming “Dark,” “The Eddy” continues Netflix’s investment in international and French content.

“From the intense, complex relationship between a jazz drummer and his instructor in ‘Whiplash’ to his dazzling duo of lovelorn Los Angelenos in ‘La La Land,’ Damien’s work is emotional and electrifying,” said Barmack.

“We couldn’t be happier that he will be shooting ‘The Eddy’ in France and that we will bring this bold, global and multilingual series to our members around the world,” Barmack added, noting that Netflix has so far invested $2 billion in content (original programming, licensed content and co-productions) in Europe since launching.

Chris Rice, a partner at WME/IMG, said that “‘The Eddy’ is the definition of premium, global programming, and as one of the first projects of its kind from IMG, we couldn’t be happier to have Netflix as the home to take it to audiences around the world.”

“The Eddy” will be produced by Patrick Spence and Katie Swinden’s Fifty Fathoms. BAFTA-winning producers Spence (“Guerrilla,” “Fortitude”) and Swinden (“Luther,” “Peaky Blinders”) will executive produce along with Chazelle, Thorne, Poul and Ballard.

Barmack said Netflix will soon be announcing 7 or 8 new European original series, including two or three from France, two from Italy, one from Spain, one from Scandinavia (a crime noir set in Sweden) and one from Poland.

Netflix is at the Venice Film Festival with Ritesh Batra’s “Our Souls at Night,” starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, which is world-premiering Friday out of competition. The festival is also screening two episodes of “Suburra,” Netflix’s first Italian original production. Netflix also has the documentary-scripted hybrid series “Wormwood” and Jon Alpert’s “Cuba and the Cameraman.”

More TV

  • Dan Lin's Rideback, MRC Announce Writers

    Dan Lin's Rideback, MRC Announce First Class of Writers and Mentors for TV Incubator

    Rideback, Dan Lin’s production company, and MRC have announced the inaugural class of writers and mentors for their TV incubator.  The new TV writers residency program, which was launched in February, offers a paid, eight-month residency program to a group of writers who have each previously been staffed on series and want to create their [...]

  • CBS Viacom

    CBS and Viacom Move Closer to Merger Talks

    The CBS Corp. board of directors is moving closer to initiating acquisition discussions with Viacom, according to multiple sources close to the situation. The move has been expected for months, although there may still be obstacles on the road to a reunion for the two sides of the Redstone media empire. Price could still be [...]

  • Santa Fe Studios Netflix

    Santa Fe Studios Competes With Other New Mexico Stages for Streaming Business

    Albuquerque Studios entered the spotlight last October when it was purchased by Netflix. While the complex is clearly the jewel in the crown of New Mexico’s production infrastructure, with eight soundstages totaling 132,000 square feet, 100,000 square feet of production offices, a large backlot and support space, it’s not the only modern studio facility in [...]

  • Wahlburgers

    'Wahlburgers' Renewed for 10th and Final Season at A&E

    A&E has renewed “Wahlburgers” for a 10th and final season. The reality series following brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg will debut the new installment at on May 15. A&E has also released a trailer for the season. Season 10 will continue to focus on the Wahlberg brothers as they balance family and their eponymous [...]

  • Game of Thrones Season 8

    From 'Game of Thrones' to 'Big Bang Theory,' Spinoffs Will Keep the Hits Alive

    By this time next year, many of the brightest lights in the current TV universe will cease to shine. Some of the most popular and acclaimed shows are set to air their swan songs this year and during the 2019-20 broadcast season. While programs come and go all the time, the sheer number of iconic [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Empire

    TV Ratings: Jussie Smollett's Final Episode of 'Empire' Season 5 Goes Low

    Last night, Jussie Smollett’s final episode of “Empire” season 5, and potentially his last episode on the show ever, went up in the ratings from previous weeks, but still posted low figures for the series. The episode, in which Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon tied the knot in TV’s first-ever black, gay wedding, returned a 1.1 [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content