Oscar nominated writer-director-producer Baz Luhrmann, best known for mixing up pop classics with the can can in Moulin Rouge! will be making his TV series debut. Netflix announced that it ordered The Get Down, a 13-episode hip hop drama.
Luhrmann will direct the first two episodes and the series finale. This will be the first musical outing Luhrmann has directed since Moulin Rouge!
“In this golden era of TV, the Netflix culture puts no constraint on creative possibilities. So it is a natural home for The Get Down, a project I have been contemplating and working on now for over 10 years. Throughout, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of how a city in its lowest moment, forgotten and half-destroyed, could give birth to such creativity and originality in music, art and culture. I’m thrilled to be working with my partners at Sony and collaborating with a team of extraordinary writers and musicians, many of whom grew up with and lived the story we’ve set out to tell,” Luhrmann said in a statement.
According to the official synopsis, “The Get Down will focus on 1970s New York City – broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped — dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them – except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco — told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world…forever.”
The Get Down will be produced by Shawn Ryan of The Shield and Terriers. It will be costumed by Oscar Catherine Martin, who worked with Luhrmann on both The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge!
The Get Down is scheduled to premiere in 2016.