Showtime has given a series order to The Curse, a new show created by Nathan for You’s Nathan Fielder and Uncut Gems co-director Benny Safdie, and starring Emma Stone. The new series will star both Stone and Fielder as a married couple who are struck with a curse that creates difficulties in their relationship, their attempts to conceive a child, and their HGTV show which they host. The Curse was originally announced in February, without Emma Stone signed on. The series will be a half-hour comedy, which Amy Israel, Executive Vice President of Showtime’s Scripted Programming said is a “groundbreaking satire.”
The Curse marks Emma Stone’s first television series since Maniac, the Netflix original series which reunited Stone with her Superbad co-star Jonah Hill. The series was created by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga and The Leftovers’ Patrick Somerville. Before Maniac, Stone had made appearances in Medium, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Malcolm in the Middle, Lucky Louie and the Fox series, Drive. Stone was most recently in 2019’s Zombieland: Double Tap, and recently reprised her role of Eep Crood for The Croods: A New Age. Stone’s next film will be in Disney’s Cruella, where she will play the iconic villain, Cruella de Vil.
Starring alongside Emma Stone is Nathan Fielder, who previously created and starred on Comedy Central’s Nathan For You. In recent years, Fielder worked with Showtime on the Sasha Baron Cohen series, Who Is America? on which Fielder wrote and directed. Fielder also acts as executive producer on HBO’s How To With John Wilson, which just received a second season renewal.
The Curse with Emma Stone and Nathan Fielder also marks the first television series from the Benny and Josh Safdie. Benny Safdie will also star alongside Fielder and Stone, while Josh Safdie will executive produce. The Safdie brothers have become known for there tense dramas over the last few years, including 2014’s Heaven Knows What, the Robert Pattinson-starring Good Time, and last year’s Uncut Gems, with Adam Sandler. The Safdie brothers also have a first look deal with HBO for future projects.
Emma Stone and Nathan Fielder’s The Curse will be produced by A24, who previously produced the Safdie’s Uncut Gems. While A24 is mostly known for their films, the studio has made quite a name for themselves in television recently. This year, A24 produced the long-delayed Moonbase 8 on Showtime, starring Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly, and Tim Heidecker. Last year alone, A24 debuted At Home with Amy Sedaris, Hulu’s Ramy, and HBO’s Euphoria, amongst others. But The Curse seems A24 reaffirming their goal to work with promising comedic talents like Fielder, as the studio has recently produced comedy specials from comedians like Eric Andre, John Mulaney, and Julio Torres.
With Nathan Fielder, the Safdie brothers and A24 all involved with The Curse, the series was already a promising idea. But with Oscar-winner Emma Stone added to the cast, The Curse becomes one of the most highly anticipated upcoming shows in production.