Emma Stone Jonah Hill Maniac

Emma Stone, Jonah Hill to Star in Dark Comedy Series Adaptation Maniac

Film vets Emma Stone and Jonah Hill are in talks to star in Maniac, an adaptation of the Norwegian dark comedy series of the same name. 

Having premiered last year in Norway, Maniac follow a young man (played in the original by Espen Petrus Andersen Lervaag) who’s living a fantastic life, but only in a fantasy world — all while he’s actually locked up inside a mental institution.

Per our sister site Deadline, the project from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content is being shopped around with an eye on a straight-to-series order, and for possibly two seasons right out of the gate. What’s more, True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga is in talks to possibly direct every episode, as well as serve as an executive producer alongside Stone and Hill.

An Academy Award nominee for Birdman, Stone’s previous small screen credits include Tim Minear’s Drive and episodes of Medium, Malcom in the Middle and 30 Rock. Hill, a two-time Oscar nominee, appeared on the Oxygen sitcom Campus Ladies and, like Stone, has hosted the occasional Saturday Night Live.

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  1. A fan of TV says:

    Sounds like the kind of show I’ll be adding to my view list, most definitely. Concept, Hill, Stone – all in.

  2. Et al. says:

    Emma Stone! Yes!
    Fukunaga! Yes!

    Jonah Hill! I’ll pass.

  3. LE says:

    Hope Netflix gets it! So I can watch it instantly because if Hulu or Amazon gets it, I won’t be able to :(.

  4. Guilherme says:

    Sounds amazing, hope Netflix gets it.

  5. Lauren says:

    They were so good together in Superbad! Sounds like an odd premise but I like both of them so I would at least check it out.

  6. DL says:

    Sounds interesting, the concept reminds me a little of Amazon’s Highston combined with the movie Walter Mitty. Amazing to think these two young actors are both Oscar nominees. Their best years are definitely ahead. (Check out the movie “Cyrus” to see a fantastic, underrated comic/dramatic performance from Hill.)