Damien Chazelle's Musical Drama Series 'The Eddy' Nabbed by Netflix

Damien Chazelle

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After directing two critically acclaimed films, Whiplash and La La Land, which deal heavily with jazz, you'd think director Damien Chazelle would take a break from that genre. It will be shot in Paris and feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic, according to Netflix.

Chazelle is set to direct two episodes of the series, for which six-time Grammy victor and Jagged Little Pill composer Glen Ballard is writing music, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Jack Thorne is penning the script with original music being written by six-time Grammy Award-winner Glen Ballard who has worked on albums including Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill and Michael Jackson's Bad. "Six Feet Under" vet Alan Poul will executive produce with him.

Chazelle is keeping busy after the Oscars success of "La La Land". A rare collision of musicals and the small screen, "The Eddy" does not yet have a release date. The latter project was announced back in April and features some big help alongside Chazelle, but it didn't have a network attached until now, with Netflix stepping in to provide a home to the eight-episode series.

'The Eddy' is set in Paris and will be extremely Parisian.

"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".

If you've been enjoying Netflix's foray into European-set programming with series like The Crown (and now The Eddy), then you're in luck: Netflix VP Erik Barmack says there is more where that came from. The festival is also screening two episodes of "Suburra", Netflix's first Italian original production.

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