Superbad co-stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill are finalizing deals to reunite on the small screen, with a new series from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content entitled Maniac. Deadline reports that Cary Fukunaga, who directed every episode in the first season of HBO's True Detective, is in talks to take the helm. The report claims the project will be seeking a straight-to-series order, possibly for two full seasons, with Cary Fukunaga expected to direct every episode.
The project is based on the 2014 Norwegian TV series of the same name, a dark comedy about a man who lives in his own fantasy dream world, but in reality, he's locked up inside a mental institution. Maniac is currently seeking a writer to adapt the original series, which centered on a man named Espen who, in his fantasy world, reacts perfectly to every situation he encounters and is widely beloved by everyone he meets. The original series was produced by Rubicon TV, the company behind Netflix's Lilyhammer, but it isn't known if they will be involved in this new project.
Emma Stone and Jonah Hill will also serve as executive producers alongside Cary Fukunaga and Anonymous Content's Michael Sugar and Doug Wald. The project stems from deals both Cary Fukunaga and Anonymous Content have separately struck with Paramount TV. The director, who won an Emmy Award for his work on True Detective, is coming off the critically acclaimed Netflix movie Beasts of No Nation.
If this project does get a series order, it will mark rare starring TV turns for both Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. Emma Stone previously starred on the miniseries Drive in 2007, the same year as her breakthrough role in Superbad. Since then, she has guest starred on Robot Chicken, 30 Rock and iCarly, along with her memorable appearance last year in a Saturday Night Live sketch about Star Wars: The Force Awakens auditions. On the big screen, she will next be seen in La La Land, which hits theaters on December 16.
Jonah Hill previously appeared in the TV series Campus Ladies, while guest starring on Human Giant, Wainy Days, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Reno 911! and The Simpsons. He also co-created and voiced the title character for Fox's short-lived animated series Allen Gregory. The actor most recently starred in Hail, Caesar!, and he will next lend his voice to the R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party, hitting theaters on August 12.