‘La La Land’ Director Damien Chazelle Heads to Netflix with Musical Series

A planned series from Oscar winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) has been acquired by the project-heavy streaming giant that is Netflix.

Titled The Eddy, the eight-episode musical drama series is set in contemporary multi-cultural Paris revolving around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them.

Chazelle is executive producer on the series and will be directing two of the episodes. Behind the screenplay is Jack Thorne, whose credits include How I Live Now, A Long Way Down and British mini-series National Treasure. The team also includes six-time Grammy Award-winner Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”, Michael Jackson’s “Bad”), who’s on board crafting the show’s original music, and Emmy-winning producer Alan Poul (Six Feet Under, The Newsroom), on board as executive producer.

The Eddy marks another move from Netflix to invest in more international and French content. All eight episodes will be shot in France and will feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic.

“I’ve always dreamed of shooting in Paris,” Chazelle said in a statement. “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.”

Added Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Originals at Netflix: “From the intense, complex relationship between a jazz drummer and his instructor in Whiplash to his dazzling duo of lovelorn Los Angelenos in La La Land, Damien’s work is emotional and electrifying. His projects have a rhythm all their own, and we’re incredibly excited for him, Jack, Glen, Alan and the production team to bring their vision for The Eddy to Netflix. We couldn’t be happier that he will be shooting The Eddy in France and that we will bring this bold, global and multilingual series to our members around the world.”

Also on the horizon for Chazelle is his fourth feature as director, First Man. The film, which will see Ryan Gosling playing astronaut Neil Armstrong and will also star Jon Bernthal, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll and Jason Clarke, is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to open in the U.S. on 12 October 2018.

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