Eddy: Chazelle, Oscar-Winning Director (La La Land) First Foray into TV

Netflix will collaborate with Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of “La La Land,” for “The Eddy,” a Paris-set musical series marking Chazelle’s first venture into TV.

Chazelle will direct two episodes of the series, and exec-produce. The eight-episode show will premiere exclusively on Netflix for subscribers around the world.

Jack Thorne, the five-time BAFTA Award-winning of “National Treasure” and “This is England,” is writing “The Eddy.”

Glen Ballard, the six-time Grammy Award-winning music composer and producer of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” and Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” is writing the original score.

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 big-name directors, including the Coen Brothers, Scorsese, Ava DuVernay, David Fincher and Shonda Rhimes.

Set in contemporary multicultural Paris, “The Eddy” revolves around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them. The series will be shot in France, and will feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic.

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.

“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,” Chazelle said.

Following on the heels of other productions in Europe, including “The Crown” and upcoming “Dark,” “The Eddy” continues Netflix’s investment in international and French content.

“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,” said Barmack.

“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,” Barmack added, noting that Netflix has so far invested $2 billion in content (original programming, licensed content and co-productions) in Europe.

 

 

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