Hollywood actresses are divided between those who seek commercial success at all costs, prioritizing the check and possible box office performance, and those who also want to stimulate their role as artists with original works. Emma Stone, who surprised this September in Venice with Poor Creatures by Yorgos Lanthimos, which won the Golden Lion, now wants to do the same on television. You only have to see the first images of The Curse series to understand that we may be looking at a rarity signed by Nathan Fielder.
Fielder made a splash in the summer of 2022 with The Rehearsal for HBO, a mockumentary in which he played himself and dedicated himself to rehearsing situations with professional actors: from how to confess that you have lied to yourself to the difficulty of raising a child. It was a conceptual look at the human experience and the extent to which it could be predicted. Now, with the help of the Oscar winner for La La Land, he signs a series that, according to the American channel Showtime that developed the project, “twists genres” also with a meta-audiovisual layer.
What will The Curse be about? About the way in which a couple is affected by a supposed curse. This will affect both their decision to have children and start a family and the home renovation program they produce and star in. What was unforeseeable, however, was that the first photographs of the production were so non-promotional with the actors expressionless, very clear photography and the feeling that, whatever the series turns out to be, it will be another rarity for Fielder, who has also produced How to with John Wilson.
In The Curse, for the record, he has another co-creator: Benny Safdie, who in 2019 captivated critics with Diamonds in the Rough, a film he directed with his brother Josh, who here plays the role of executive producer. It is still necessary to clarify who will broadcast the series in Spain but, for now, its premiere in the United States is scheduled for November 10 through Paramount. Does this mean SkyShowtime could bring it?
The Curse will be Emma Stone's second series in the last decade after participating in 2016 in Maniac, a psychological and science fiction drama created by Patrick Somerville (The Leftovers) and directed and produced by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective), where she shared starring with Jonah Hill, Justin Theroux, Sonoya Mizuno and Sally Field.