Netflix Nabs Exorcism Comedy 'Crazy Face' From 'Misfits' Creator

Howard Overman - Getty - S 2016
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Howard Overman - Getty - S 2016

Netflix is ready to take a comedic look at horror.

The streaming service is teaming with E4 for Crazy Face, a new series from Misfits creator Howard Overman, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The six-part series will star Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey) and Susan Wokoma (E4's Chewing Gum) and is described as a dark comedy with unexpected twists.

The comedy, which hails from Urban Myth Films for Channel 4 in association with Netflix, is a funny and gripping entry about friendship, love and facing your demons. It follows the angst and exorcisms of an unlikely duo of demon hunters (played by Theobold and Wokoma).

When people die most go quietly into the night. But some have unfinished business: scores to settle. These souls work through their issues by possessing the living. Most of the time they walk freely among us, unseen by all but a special few. Amy (Theobold) is one of those few. She works in a bowling alley and never imagined herself battling the legions of hell. Enter Raquel (Wokoma), armed with Wikipedia and a baton she bought on eBay, Raquel's a self-made demon hunter with a whole lot of baggage and an impressive lack of social skills.

Riann Steele (In the Flesh) co-stars as Amy’s best friend Suzanne; Lewis Reeves (Unforgotten) plays Jake, workmate-with-a-massive-crush; Arinze Kene (Youngers) is Raquel’s level-headed older brother Tyler; and Tony Curran (Sons of Anarchy) is the sinister Callum.

Crazy Face will be broadcast exclusively on E4 in the U.K., with Netflix streaming the series globally after its premiere. Overman, Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy executive produce the comedy, which was developed and commissioned by Channel 4 drama head Piers Wenger and Beth Willis, with Lee Mason on board as the commissioning executive. The deal expands Netflix's relationship with Channel 4 beyond the previously announced Kiss Me First, an adapation of Lottie Moggach's best-selling YA novel of the same name. Production on Crazy Face will begin this week in Bristol.

"Howard has been responsible for defining drama on E4 and with Crazy Face he’s proved himself to be on thrilling, anarchic and utterly rude form," Wenger said. "We are delighted to welcome him back to the channel and to work with our partners at Urban Myth Films and Netflix to realize the ambition of this bold and brilliant series."

Added Larry Tanz, vp global TV at Netflix: “Crazy Face is an eccentrically unique and entertaining series that will resonate with audiences across the globe. We look forward to once again partnering with Channel 4 to bring quality stories from innovative creators, like Howard Overman, to our members worldwide."

Overman's credits include the BAFTA-winning drama Misfits — which Freeform is looking to adapt stateside — as well as Atlantis and Merlin. He's repped by CAA and the U.K.'s Independent Talent Group.

For Netflix, Crazy Face becomes the streaming giant's latest comedy addition and as the company has committed to spending $5 billion this year on original programming. Netflix has been on a comedy tear in the past few months, with recent orders for Dear White People, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years LaterEasy, a comedic anthology from mumblecore guru Joe Swanberg; Sophia Amoruso's #Girlboss; sketch comedy The Characters; and Drew Barrymore-Timothy Olyphant starrer Santa Clarita Diet joining recently renewed The Ranch; Flaked; Aziz Ansari's Master of None; Judd Apatow's LoveFuller House; Grace and Frankie; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and more.

Exorcism fare has become all the rage on the small screen of late. Fox is prepping a reboot of The Exorcist, A&E will wrap season one of The Omen follow-up and Cinemax in June will bow Outcast, the exorcism drama based on the comic book of the same name from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. The latter has already been renewed for a second season ahead of its debut.