Netflix kept the announcement machine rolling along at this summer’s Television Critics Association‘s (TCA) with our first official teaser for Maniac, the streaming service’s new 10-episode half-hour comedy series from director Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, True Detective).
Based on the original 2014 Norwegian series, the series stars Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Emma Stone (La-La Land) as two strangers who meet in very unexpected ways. Fukunaga directed the first season from a script by series creator Patrick Somerville (The Leftovers); with Fukunaga, Somerville, Stone, and Hill serving as executive producers.
Set to premiere on the streaming service on September 21st, Maniac also stars Sally Field, Sonoya Mizuno (Dr. Fujita), Aaralyn Anderson (Belle Milgrim), Geoffrey Cantor (Frank), Julia Garner (Ellie), Josh Pais (Andy), Justin Theroux (James Mantleray), Jemima Kirke, and Rob Yang (Matt Ming).
Set in a world somewhat like our own and similar to our time, Maniac tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. Annie’s disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia.
Neither of their lives have turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment—a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak—draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.
Production on Maniac began in August 2017, with principal photography wrapping by the end of the year. Michael Sugar and Doug Wald of Anonymous Content; Kruke Kristiansen and Anne Kolbjornsen; Espen PA Lervaag and Kjetil Indegard; and Ashley Zalta will also serve as executive producers.