The life of Paul T. Goldman demanded a series unlike any other.
In the trailer for Paul T. Goldman, premiering Jan. 1 on Peacock, the strange, twisty story of the titular protagonist comes to life at the hands of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm director Jason Woliner—who has spent over a decade shooting the one-of-a-kind show.
"I'm a regular guy that got caught up in extraordinary circumstances," Paul says in the trailer. "This story is as accurate as it is unbelievable. I couldn't make this up! It happened to me."
In 2009, Paul wrote a book and a screenplay about the bizarre dissolution of his marriage and, in turn, his mission to bring down an alleged international crime ring.
Very normal stuff.
A few years later, he contacted Jason on Twitter and asked him for his help in turning his screenplay into reality. Jason, who calls Paul "the most captivating person I've ever encountered," eventually agreed.
"The series that has resulted—a culmination of over a decade of shooting—has wound up becoming the most conceptually ambitious and personal project I've ever worked on," Jason said in a statement. "It's in many ways an experimental show and I'm still in grateful disbelief that Peacock has let me do it."
He explained that the series will feature "familiar doc elements with dramatized scenes that Paul wrote about his story—starring Paul playing himself—and weaving that with behind-the-scenes footage from the making of this show (don't worry, it'll make sense when you watch it, I promise)."
We'll take Jason's word for it.
Produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Paul T. Goldman also features some very real actors along for the crazy ride—with Rosanna Arquette, Frank Grillo, Dennis Haysbert, Melinda McGraw and, of course, Paul himself.
The first three episodes of Paul T. Goldman premiere Jan. 1 on Peacock, with new episodes dropping on subsequent Sundays.
(E! and Peacock are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)