There used to be a distinct dividing line between the worlds of film and TV, but it keeps getting blurrier. Now comes news from Netflix that Damien Chazelle, just months after becoming the Oscars’ youngest ever Best Director winner for “La La Land,” will executive produce a new eight-episode series, “The Eddy,” in addition to directing two of its installments.
The project will be written by British scribe Jack Thorne (“Shameless,” “Skins,” “This is England”), and it’s described by Netflix as “a musical drama set in contemporary multi-cultural Paris revolving around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them.” The series will feature dialogue in French, English, and Arabic and music by Grammy winning writer-producer Glen Ballard, previously known for his work on Alanis Morissette‘s breakthrough 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill.”
“I’ve always dreamed of shooting in Paris, so I’m doubly excited to be teaming up with Jack, Glen and [fellow executive producer Alan Poul] on this story, and thrilled that we have found a home for it at Netflix,“ said Chazelle in a statement. 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.”