Magazine article Variety

Chazelle Tunes into Paris-Set Netflix Series

Magazine article Variety

Chazelle Tunes into Paris-Set Netflix Series

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Netflix is joining forces with Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of "La La Land," for "The Eddy," a Paris-set musical drama series that marks Chazelle's first venture into TV.

Chazelle will direct two episodes of the series, on top of exec-producing. The eight-episode show comes from IMG and will premiere exclusively on Netflix.

Jack Thorne, who's won BAFTAs for "National Treasure" and "This Is England," is writing "The Eddy." Glen Ballard, the Grammy Award-winning music composer and producer of Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" and Michael Jackson's "Bad," is writing the original score for the series. Emmy-winning producer Alan Poul ("Six Feet Under," "The Newsroom") is executive producing.

"The Eddy" marks the streaming giant's first collaboration with Chazelle, who joins a string of big-name directors, including the Coen brothers, Martin Scorsese, Ava DuVernay, David Fincher and Shonda Rhimes, who are working with Netflix.

Series is set in contemporary multi-cultural Paris. The series will be shot in France, and will feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic.

Speaking to Variety at the Venice Film Festival, Erik Barmack, Netflix's VP of international originals, said the show would explore the relationship between the American and French-Arab co-owners of a jazz club. Barmack said "The Eddy" would feature French actors, crew members and possibly even French helmers directing some episodes. In terms of atmosphere and tone, Barmack said it would fall "somewhere in between" the Chazelle's films "Whiplash" and "La La Land. …

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