Netflix taps Oscar-winner for new series

Source:AFP Published: 2017/9/3 18:33:40

Damien Chazelle Photo: IC

Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle is to bring an eight-episode musical drama set in Paris to Netflix, the Internet streaming service announced on Friday. 

The La La Land director will helm two episodes of The Eddy and executive produce the entire series, which focuses on a club, its owner, the house band and the "chaotic city that surrounds them," Neflix said.

Written by five-time BAFTA and Olivier-winning writer Jack Thorne (National Treasure), the series will be co-produced by Emmy-winner Alan Poul (Six Feet Under).

In keeping with the Netflix philosophy of not shying away from subtitled foreign dialogue in shows such as Cable Girls and Narcos, The Eddy will feature French, English and Arabic speakers.

Original music will be written by six-time Grammy Award-winner Glen Ballard, who has writing and producing credits on numerous hit records, including Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill and Michael Jackson's Bad.

"I've always dreamed of shooting in Paris, so I'm doubly excited to be teaming up with Jack, Glen and Alan on this story, and thrilled that we have found a home for it at Netflix," said Chazelle, 32, whose father is French.

Chazelle, a specialist in movies about music, is seen as one of Hollywood's hottest properties after winning a best director Oscar for La La Land (2016) and getting writing nominations for that film and Whiplash (2014). 

Netflix hasn't announced a release date, but Chazelle is currently busy with First Man, a Neil Armstrong biopic which begins shooting in November.

Posted in: FILM

blog comments powered by Disqus