Emma Stone and Jonah Hill Reunite for TV Comedy Series
Emma Stone is returning to her TV roots to star alongside Jonah Hill in a remake of Norwegian comedy series Maniac. The Superbad co-stars are reuniting for the new project, which will be directed by True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga.
The story, based on the dark comedy which originally aired in Europe in 2014, will revolve around a mental patient in a psychiatric ward, who believes he is living in a made-believe fantasy world. Stone and Hill, who will portray patients at the hospital, will also be producing the project with Fukunaga. The venture is currently being shopped to U.S. networks by producers at Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The gig marks Birdman star Stone’s first major series role on the small screen since she featured as a regular on 2007 mini-series Drive. She has also previously landed small appearances on Malcolm in the Middle, Medium, and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Hill is also no stranger to TV – he appeared in 2006 comedy Campus Ladies, and provided his voice for a 2009 episode of The Simpsons, and animated 2011 series Allen Gregory. Meanwhile, Maniac will be Fukunaga’s second TV series after winning critical acclaim for the first season of hit HBO crime drama True Detective, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. The show earned the filmmaker the Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series award at the 2014 Primetime Emmys, while True Detective just missed out on the Outstanding Drama Series prize. He is also riding high after the success of child soldier movie Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba as an African warlord, which premiered on online streaming service Netflix in October.