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Damien Chazelle Is Producing a Musical Series for Netflix


Damien Chazelle at the 2017 Oscars.

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From the City of Stars to the City of Lights: Damien Chazelle, the filmmaker behind “La La Land,” is making his first foray into television with a new musical drama series for Netflix set in Paris. Netflix has ordered eight episodes of the show, which is called “The Eddy.”

Mr. Chazelle won best director at the Oscars this year for “La La Land,” a musical about artistic strivers in Los Angeles, and was nominated for best adapted screenplay for the conservatory drama “Whiplash.” He will executive produce “The Eddy” and direct two episodes. The show will center on a Parisian jazz club and explore the relationship between the club’s American and French-Arab co-owners, according to Variety. It will be shot in France and include English, French and Arabic dialogue, signaling Netflix’s continuing effort to appeal to international audiences.

Jack Thorne, who wrote the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” will write the scripts, and Glen Ballard, a writer and producer on Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” and Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” will compose the music.

Netflix has been aggressively courting high-profile filmmakers like the Coen brothers, Ava DuVernay and Martin Scorsese, but the last time it did so for a musical series, the result was an expensive misfire. Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down,” about 1970s New York City and the birth of hip-hop, reportedly cost $120 million to make and was canceled after one season.

The release date and cast of “The Eddy” have yet to be announced.

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