6:00am PT by Alex Ritman
Damien Chazelle's Musical Drama Series 'The Eddy' Nabbed by Netflix
Damien Chazelle has found a major home for his upcoming musical TV drama.
Netflix has picked up The Eddy — which The Hollywood Reporter first broke news of in April — an eight-episode series coming from IMG. Set in contemporary Paris, the show revolves around a club, its owner, the house band and the chaotic city that surrounds them.
Chazelle will executive produce the series, with the newly-minted Oscar-winner behind La La Land also directing two episodes. Red hot Brit writer Jack Thorne — who was recently brought on by Disney to re-write Star Wars Episode IX —has penned the series, which will be shot in France and feature dialogue in English, French and Arabic. Emmy-winning producer Alan Poul (Six Feet Under, The Newsroom) will also exec produce, while the original music is being written by six-time Grammy winner Glen Ballard (Alanis Morisette's Jagged Little Pill, Michael Jackson's Bad).
“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,“ said Chazelle.
The series will be produced by Patrick Spence and Katie Swinden's rising London-based banner Fifty Fathoms. BAFTA-winning producers Spence (Guerilla, Fortitude) and Swinden (Luther, Peaky Blinders) will exec produce along with Chazelle, Thorne, Poul and Ballard.
“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 Erik Barmack, Netflix's vp international originals. "His projects have a rhythm all their own, and we’re incredibly excited for him, Jack, Glen, Alan and the production team to bring their vision for The Eddy to Netflix. 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.”
Added WME | IMG partner Chris Rice: "The creative team behind The Eddy is truly visionary, and we can’t wait to see the world that they create. This project 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.”
Alongside The Eddy, the in-demand Chazelle is also gathering steam under his next feature, Neil Armstrong biopic First Man. Jon Bernthal recently joined the project, which will reunited the director with his La La Land lead Ryan Gosling and will also co-star Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll and Jason Clarke. Production is set to begin in November in Atlanta.