“Narcos” director José Padilha is set to direct a new Netflix original series based on the recent Brazilian corruption investigation, Operation Car Wash. The streaming service confirmed that filming for the yet-to-be-titled series will begin this year.
According to Padilha, this project will follow the judicial investigators in their journey to unveil the largest corruption scheme that Brazil has ever witnessed. “It was fundamental for the series to be produced in an impartial way, and I have no doubt that Netflix is the best partner for the project,” said the Brazilian director. The upcoming series will also be written by Elena Soares (“Xingu,” and “Filhos do Carnaval”).
"Netflix recognizes José Padilha’s talent in turning fast-moving current events into compelling narratives and he is well placed to document this important time in Brazilian history," said Erik Barmack, Netflix VP of International Original Content.
The South American scandal revolves around a scam that involved a group of executives from the largest construction companies in Brazil who accepted bribes to inflate the price of contracts with the state-run oil firm Petrobras.
Padilha is known in his native country for directing Brazil’s top-grossing films, “Elite Squad” and “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within.” Both features focused on gang violence and police units in Rio de Janeiro. This will be the second Netflix original produced in Brazil, following the dystopian thriller “3%” starring João Miguel and Bianca Comparato.