A filmmaker who doesn’t know the meaning of “too much,” Baz Luhrmann goes big or goes home. His last film was the glitter orgy “The Great Gatsby,” which certainly had a lot going on within its 3D big screen frame but didn’t have much in the way of substance. So how would Luhrmann’s go for broke attitude work on the small screen? We’re about to find out.
Netflix has announced that 2016 will see the premiere of “The Get Down,” a new series from the “Moulin Rouge” filmmaker. Luhrmann will executive produce and direct the first two episodes of the thirteen-episode, one hour program focused on the troubled New York City in the 1970s. A rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers make the most of their ruined environment, 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 to the just-built World Trade Center, “The Get Down” is a mythic saga of how a nearly bankruptcy New York City gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco.
The concept is cool, but it also sounds like direct competition for HBO‘s ’70s set music series being executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, which they just ordered to series. Which flavor will you choose? Or will you try both? Let us know.