La La Land, last year’s Best Picture loser, was a huge hit for musicals, in general, and for its director, Damien Chazelle, specifically. Already a Hollywood wunderkind (he is the youngest person to win Best Director, and the youngest director to be nominated twice,) Chazelle’s trajectory can only be upward, right?
With a sea of cheaply made documentaries in its library, and the upcoming loss of Disney content, Netflix is sorely needing some prestige. Chazelle is currently developing The Eddy, an eight-part musical series for Netflix. Chazelle will be directing two of the eight episodes. The series revolves around a Paris jazz club and its American and French-Arab owners. The Eddy will be filmed entirely in Paris, which has always been a dream for Chazelle. But will The Eddy succeed where Baz Luhrman’s massively budgeted, quickly cancelled Netflix musical The Get Down did not?
The series will be co-executive produced by out Industry titan Alan (Six Feet Under) Poul. Music for the series will be written by Glen Ballard, the man who co-wrote Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette and other cultural touchstones, like “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips and “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson. Jack Thorne, part of the screenwriting team behind Star Wars: Episode IX will provide a script.
Filming for the series starts in November, and will be released on Netflix in late 2018.