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La La Land’s Damien Chazelle Teams with Netflix for Musical Drama


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The new musical drama The Eddy from Academy Award-winning director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) has landed at Netflix.

Executive produced by Chazelle, who will direct two of the episodes, and written by five-time BAFTA Award-winning and Olivier-winning writer Jack Thorne (National Treasure, This is England, Wonder), The Eddy is an eight-episode musical drama that will be shot in France and feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic. The series, set in contemporary multicultural Paris, will center on a club, its owner, the house band and the chaotic city that surrounds them.

The drama comes from IMG and will premiere exclusively to Netflix members around the world. Alan Poul (Six Feet Under, The Newsroom) will also executive produce and original music will be written by six-time Grammy Award-winner Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, Michael Jackson’s Bad).

Chazelle commented, “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.“

Erik Barmack, the VP of international originals at Netflix, added, “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.”

Chris Rice, WME | IMG partner, added, “The creative team behind The Eddy is truly visionary, and we can’t wait to see the world that they create. This project is the definition of premium, global programming, and as one of the first projects of its kind from IMG, we couldn’t be happier to have Netflix as the home to take it to audiences around the world.”



About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at kbrzoznowski@worldscreen.com.

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