Another major movie star is jumping to TV. Emma Stone has signed on to star in the upcoming Showtime comedy series, The Curse, which will be directed and co-star Nathan Fielder (Nathan For You). Josh and Benny Safdie (Uncut Gems) will executive produce.
The show is being described as a genre-bending scripted comedy that explores how an alleged curse disturbs the relationship of a newly married couple as they try to conceive a child while co-starring on their problematic new HGTV show.
This should be a fascinating mix of creative people. Fielder is the man behind Nathan For You, the bizarre, cringey but also sometimes incredibly smart docu-reality comedy series, while the Safdies are the directors of some of the most stress-inducing films of all time with Good Time and the recent Uncut Gems.
And in the middle of that is Stone, arguably still one of the biggest movie stars around, who will jump to TV to star in a half-hour comedy series, something that would have been considered unthinkable for an actor in her position a mere ten years ago. Maybe less. But the industry has changed dramatically in that time.
“The fierce intelligence and wit of the incomparable Emma Stone make her the perfect partner with the ingenious minds of the Safdie brothers and the subversive comedy of Nathan Fielder“, said Showtime executive vice president of scripted programming Amy Israel in a statement.
Stone did plenty of small roles on TV before her big breakout in 2008, and did star alongside Jonah Hill in Cary Joji Fukunaga‘s limited series Maniac for Netflix a few years ago. This sort of starring role on the small screen is new territory for her though.
The project, with only Fielder and the Safdies on board, was announced over a year ago but we hadn’t heard much since. Now there’s a premise and a star, things could get moving quickly. It will be fascinating to see what The Curse ends up looking like; don’t expect your typical half-hour comedy when Fielder is involved, that’s for sure.