Maniac (Netflix 2018, Jonah Hill, Emma Stone)

Set in a world somewhat like our world, in a time quite similar to our time, Maniac tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons.

Annie’s disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia. Neither of their lives have turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment – a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak – draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.

Premieres 21 September 2018.

production details
USA / Netflix / 50 minutes / 2018

Anne Kolbjornsen as Executive Producer
Ashley Zalta as Co-Executive Producer
Cary Fukunaga as Executive Producer/Director of Pilot
Doug Wald as Executive Producer
Emma Stone as Executive Producer
Espen P.A. Lervaag as Executive Producer
Jonah Hill as Executive Producer
Kjetil Indegard as Executive Producer
Kruke Kristiansen as Executive Producer
Michael Sugar as Executive Producer
Patrick Somerville as Creator and Executive Producer

Justin Theroux as James Mantleray
Emma Stone as Annie Landsberg
Jonah Hill as Owen Milgrim
Sally Field as Dr. Greta Mantleray

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