Damien Chazelle is teaming up with Netflix for a new musical series.
The Whiplash and La La Land director has established himself as one of the best filmmakers around, especially when it comes to bringing music to life. Hot off the heels of his Oscars success, it’s no surprise that he should strut straight to the top of the streaming giant’s wish list for talent to work with.
The eight-episode series is set in contemporary multi-cultural Paris, revolving around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them.
The show comes from IMG and is executive produced by Damien Chazelle, who will direct two of the episodes. Jack Thorne (National Treasure, This is England, Wonder), will pen the drama, which will feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic. Alan Poul (Six Feet Under, The Newsroom) will also executive produce, with original music written by six-time Grammy Award-winner Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, Michael Jackson’s Bad).
The Eddy will shoot in France, continuing Netflix’s push to invest in productions across Europe, as EU laws require content from the continent to take up a bigger share of streaming services’ libraries.
“I’ve always dreamed of shooting in Paris,” says Chazelle, “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.”
Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Originals at Netflix, adds: “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.”
The series will be produced by Patrick Spence and Katie Swinden’s Fifty Fathoms. BAFTA-winning producers Spence (Guerilla, Fortitude) and Swinden (Luther, Peaky Blinders) will executive produce along with Chazelle, Thorne, Poul and Ballard.