Cary Fukunaga, a.k.a. the guy who definitely should have directed True Detective's bewildering second season, is currently looking for a writer for his just-announced reboot of the Norwegian TV series Maniac. Jonah Hill and Emma Stone are set to star with Fukunaga aboard to direct every single episode, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Anonymous Content and Paramount TV are currently shopping the series for an intended straight-to-series two-season order.
The original Maniac, a Norwegian dark comedy, centered on a psychiatric ward patient's prolonged internal war between fantasy and reality. Espen, as he's known in the original series, has a problem with spending way too much in his own delusions of a life better-lived. Though specifics regarding the casting have not been confirmed, Hill is expected to play this version's Espen.
"The American dream has gained its foothold in Norwegian culture," Rubicon TV’s Anne Kolbjornsen told Variety last year of the original series' appeal. "It is this issue we want to investigate. Espen, of course, takes this to an extreme, of imagining being loved by everyone around him. Every day appears like a party, and there’s no limit to what he was experiencing. But it’s simply too good to be true." Let's be real. That sounds absolutely perfect for Cary Fukunaga.
Failures to rescue True Detective's second season aside, Fukunaga has remained quite busy since garnering effusive praise for that HBO instaclassic. Last year's Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, was named by many as one of the best films of 2015. Fukunaga is also set to direct the eight-part TNT series The Alienist, with Collider reporting that Garrett Hedlund is currently in talks to step into the lead.
Maniac, of course, also marks the first time Hill and Stone have appeared in a film together since this went down: