It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news from Gad Elmaleh. The French comic, who came to the U.S. in 2015 to try his hand in the English-language arena, signed a deal with Netflix last year to produce two specials for the platform: One in French/Arabic, and one in English. The former, called Gad Gone Wild, hit Netflix back in January, while the latter is still pending. Now, Netflix has announced that on top of that second special, we can now expect to see something else from Elmaleh: A Netflix original series.
Called Huge in France, the eight-episode, half-hour series will be semi-biographical, inspired by Elmaleh’s move to the U.S. after building a sizable audience for himself in France, but with a few twists on his story. In the show, Elmaleh is a hugely famous comic in France who moves to Los Angeles in an attempt to reconnect with his estranged, 16-year-old male model son who absolutely hates comedy. Elmaleh will be forced to try and win back his son’s affections without the perks of celebrity, because in the U.S., nobody knows who he is.
“I’m so happy and inspired by this opportunity and could not feel more proud to be part of the Netflix family,” said Elmaleh of the news. “This project is incredibly personal to me but more importantly it has such a universal theme that I can’t wait to share with the world. Let’s be real, getting my own series and a second stand-up special is really the only way I can stay in the U.S legally”.
Elmaleh is not only the star of Huge in France, but also a co-creator and executive producer. The show runners will be Jarrad Paul and Andy Mogel (The Grinder, The D-Train). No release date for the show has been announced, so stay tuned to the IBang for more information as it comes!