It hasn’t been a full week yet since it was first announced that Paramount TV and Anonymous Content were joining forces to create a new show called Maniac, but already that show has been picked up by continuously expansive streaming service Netflix.
According to Deadline, Netflix is currently finalizing a deal for a straight-to-series ten episode order of the half-hour series, which is set to be directed by True Detective (just season one, of course) and Beasts of No Nation‘s Cary Fukanaga. According to the report, this also marks Netflix’s first purchase of a Paramount TV show with top-billed actors on its roster, which includes former Superbad co-stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.
Maniac revolves around Jonah Hill’s character, whose fantasy world will provide the show with its premise but whose real world finds him locked up in a mental institution with fellow patient Emma Stone. The dark comedy is based on a 2014 Norwegian series of the same name.
In addition to handling directing duties, Cary Fukanaga will also serve as Maniac‘s executive producer alongside a string of names, including Kruke Kristiansen & Anne Kolbjornsen, Espen PA Lervaag & Kjetil Indegard, and Anonymous Content’s Doug Wald and Michael Sugar, who recently took home an Oscar for his production duties on last year’s excellent Spotlight.