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Produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, the dark comedy is based on 2014 Norwegian comedy series Maniac. A search for a writer is underway with Stone and Hill set to star and Fukunaga set to direct every episode. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content are shopping Maniac, with the goal for a straight-to-series pickup with a potential two-season order.
The original Maniac revolves around Espen, a mental patient at the psychiatric ward who escapes reality and lives in a fantasy world in his mind. In addition to starring, Stone and Hill would exec produce alongside Fukunaga, Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Doug Wald.
The comedy hails from Anonymous Content and Fukunaga’s overall deals with Paramount. WME packaged the project.
Fukunaga is fresh off Beasts of No Nation, with Maniac set to serve as a reunion for the Emmy-winning director and True Detective producers Anonymous Content.
Oscar nominees Hill (Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street) and Stone (Birdman) would also reunite on Maniac after co-starring in feature Superbad.
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