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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Netflix taps Oscar-winner Damien Chazelle for musical series

The La La Land director will helm two episodes of The Eddy and executive produce the entire series, which focuses on a club, its owner, the house band and the "chaotic city that surrounds them

Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle is to bring an eight-episode musical drama set in Paris to Netflix. Frederic J Brown / AFP
Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle is to bring an eight-episode musical drama set in Paris to Netflix. Frederic J Brown / AFP

Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle is to bring an eight-episode musical drama set in Paris to Netflix, the internet streaming service announced on Friday.

The La La Land director will helm two episodes of The Eddy and executive produce the entire series, which focuses on a club, its owner, the house band and the "chaotic city that surrounds them," Neflix said.

Written by five-time BAFTA and Olivier-winning writer Jack Thorne (National Treasure, This is England), the series will be co-produced by Emmy-winner Alan Poul (Six Feet Under, The Newsroom).

In keeping with the Netflix philosophy of not shying away from subtitled foreign dialogue in shows such as Cable Girls and Narcos, The Eddy will feature French, English and Arabic speakers.

Original music will be written by six-time Grammy Award-winner Glen Ballard, who has writing and producing credits on numerous hit records, including Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill and Michael Jackson's Bad.

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"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," said Chazelle, 32, whose father is French.

Chazelle, a specialist in movies about music, is seen as one of Hollywood's hottest properties after winning a best director Oscar for La La Land (2016) and getting writing nominations for that film and Whiplash (2014).

"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 Erik Barmack, vice president of Netflix's international original content.

Netflix hasn't announced a release date, but Chazelle is currently busy with First Man, a Neil Armstrong biopic which begins shooting in November in Atlanta and is set to hit theatres in October next year.

The movie reunites the director with La La Land star Ryan Gosling, who leads a cast including Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Baby Driver) and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Everest).