Emma Stone and Jonah Hill play two strangers who find a world-traversing connection in Cary Fukunaga‘s mind-bending Netflix series, Maniac. But how do they come to meet at the mysterious pharmaceutical trial that throws them into a surreal journey through alternate universes?
A new Maniac teaser suggests that this infomercial for the depression treatment facility, Neberdine Pharmaceutical Biotech, is what attracted all these volunteers. But with Justin Theroux, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rome Kanda‘s doctors delivering a stilted promise to cure people of all their mental ailments in the informercial, it’s a miracle that this facility with a mouthful of a name got any volunteers at all.
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True Detective visionary Cary Fukunaga, Oscar winner Emma Stone, and Oscar nominee Jonah Hill seems like a dream team that could turn any collaboration into a smash success. But unfortunately, it seems that their darkly comic sci-fi series, Maniac, is more of a mixed bag.
Based on the Norwegian TV series of the same name, Maniac is a Netflix miniseries directed by Fukunaga and starring Stone and Hill as two strangers who meet an experimental drug trial and end up navigating a slew of vibrant alternate realities in their minds. Throw any of those elements into a blender, and it would seem like you would have a surefire hit. But the Maniac early buzz, while glowing about Stone’s performance, seems to suggest that this is the problem — the miniseries feels like a blended mess of tones and stories.
Here is what critics are saying about Maniac.
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Despite several trailers dropping for Cary Fukunaga‘s highly anticipated Netflix miniseries, Maniac remains very much a mystery. We know that it features two former Superbad stars and that it’s about as different from Superbad as could be. And that Emma Stone and Jonah Hill play two strangers struggling with mental illness who meet at a pharmaceutical drug trial that will supposedly solve all their problems — only to be sent on a wild adventure through a shared mind-verse.
The new Maniac teaser gives us a greater glimpse at the cosmic connection between Stone’s Annie and Hill’s Owen, who can’t stop meeting in each of the imagined worlds that the drug trial lands them in.
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From the mind of True Detective season 1 director Cary Fukunaga comes a new mind-bending series starring former Superbad co-stars. Emma Stone and Jonah Hill reunite in a Netflix limited sci-fi series that is (literally) worlds away from the 2007 raunchy comedy that helped launch both Oscar darlings’ careers.
In the offiial Maniac trailer, the two play strangers who meet at a mysterious pharmaceutical trial and end up navigating a weird, wild multi-mindverse that runs the gamut of alternate realities, from Lord of the Rings-esque adventures to Jazz Age society soirees.
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The last time Emma Stone and Jonah Hill were on the big screen together, it was in the 2007 high school comedy Superbad. Now they’re teaming up for something completely different at Netflix.
Maniac is a new limited series from True Detectives season one executive producer and director Cary Fukunaga, and it follows Emma Stone and Jonah Hill as two strangers who are part of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial that will supposedly solve all their problems. The first Maniac trailer has arrived, and while it doesn’t reveal much about the series, it does set a wild tone for what’s to come. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 by Angie Han
Director Cary Fukunaga may have left HBO’s True Detective after its acclaimed first season, but he’s definitely not done with television. About a year ago, we heard he was getting the pieces in place for Maniac, a dark comedy to star Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, and now it’s moving full speed ahead with a start date and everything. Get more details on Maniac, including a slew of plot details, below. Read More »
UPDATE: Deadline reports Maniac has been picked up by Netflix for a straight-to-series order with 10 episodes for a first season. Our original story from March 18th follows.
About nine years ago, the high school comedy Superbad from director Greg Mottola and writers Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg helped boost the careers of co-stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, and the two have gone on to get nominated for Oscars. Now the two will reunite for another promising comedy project, this time on the small screen.
Jonah Hill and Emma Stone are set to star in a new comedy series called Maniac, based on a recent TV show of the same name from Norway. And sweetening the deal is True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga, who has signed on to direct every single episode of the show. Get more details on the Maniac TV series below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Between Netflix and Hulu and Amazon, you may think you have enough streaming options in your life. But you don’t, especially if you’re a horror fan. If you’re in the market for a scary movie, you aren’t going to find much to get excited about amongst most of the major players. The handful of gems tend to be wedged between whatever schlock your streaming service of choice could buy on the cheap.
That’s why I was so intrigued by Shudder, a horror-centric streaming service that supplies all of the great horror options that are so painfully absent elsewhere. Browse through Shudder’s library and you’ll find untouchable classics and cult favorites, mainstream movies and eclectic curiosities from every corner of the globe. And it only costs five bucks a month, which makes me feel like I’m getting away with murder by subscribing.
Because I genuinely love Shudder and because you can sign up for a free trial before you commit to actually paying a dime, I combed through their archives and tried to find ten movies I could recommend to subscribers and curious newbies alike. I ended up narrowing it down to twenty titles and couldn’t bear to cut another one because I have zero discipline. So I decided to program ten double features, linked by filmmakers, themes, styles, and occasionally utter nonsense, that you can enjoy via Shudder.
So don’t let the lack of great horror options on Netflix bring you down. There is another way.
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Though there have been multiple trailers released for Franck Khalfoun‘s remake of Maniac, and we’ve even seen the first few minutes of the movie, this marks the first time the official US release gets some love.
On June 21 IFC Midnight will release the film, which stars Elijah Wood as a deranged killer whose point of view makes up most of the movie. They’ve now released a trailer and brand new poster. Check them out below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
Elijah Wood remains best known as sweet, brave Frodo from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, but the actor’s never shied away from tackling weirder roles. Just a couple of years after Return of the King hit theaters, he appeared as creepy, murderous Kevin in Sin City. Now, with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey still in theaters, we have a glimpse of his performance as another serial killer in Maniac. The first six minutes of the Franck Khalfoun-directed horror remake have just hit the web, and you can watch the video after the jump.
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