U.S. remake of Norwegian series ‘Maniac’ to be released on Netflix

The Norwegian drama series Maniac has been picked up for adaptation by the streaming service Netflix, with a premiere set for later this year.

The original series premiered on TV2 Norway back in 2014 and stars Espen Petrus Andersen Lervaag, an acclaimed Norwegian scriptwriter, comedian and actor. We followed his character Espen, who is a man in his thirties who is loved by everyone. We meet him in various situations and no matter what happens, Espen knows how to handle it. It is simply too good to be true, and it proves to be the case. Espen has escaped into his own heard where he is living a fantasy world, and in real life he is a patient in the psychiatric ward. The series explores the concept of what’s better: living in a fantasy or being a loser in the real world?

The Netflix version of the series diverts from the original story somewhat. Maniac follows Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), who are two strangers drawn into a mysterious pharmaceutical trial. Annie is obsessed with broken relationships and Owen struggles with schizophrenia. Along with a group of other people, they start a three-day drug trial where the drugs take on strange effects.

The U.S. Maniac will be released on Netflix on the 24th of September. Will you be watching?

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.