Do you remember in Superbad when Jonah Hill’s character Seth and Emma Stone’s character Jules were teamed up in their home ec class and they tried to break the ice by trading awkward jokes about ejaculation before making tiramisu? Remember that? That was funny. Jonah Hill and Emma Stone are reunited in a new Netflix series and based on the teaser trailer it isn’t like Superbad at all. It’s called Maniac and it’s about big pharma and primary colors.
The first trailer for the upcoming Maniac miniseries shows Hill and Stone are alone in a room sitting at a table with odd matching outfits on possibly in a psychiatric hospital. The 10-episode series is based on a 2014 Norwegian satire series of the same name and it looks trippy. Here is the official synopsis from Netflix:
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.
Justin Theroux and Sally Field also star in Maniac, which is directed by Cary Fukunaga of Beasts of No Nation and True Detective fame. The first season of Maniac will be available on Friday, September 21. Let’s hope the show has more ejaculation jokes than the teaser trailer.