If you can’t get enough of “Moulin Rouge” and “The Great Gatsby,” have we got some exciting news for you. Netflix has just given a 13-episode order to Baz Luhrmann’s first television series, “The Get Down,” a period drama set in New York City when hip-hop, punk and other innovative music exploded onto the scene. Simultaneously, a surge in crime, violence and urban decay plagued the Big Apple, making for a perfect thematic pairing for the Oscar-nominated director’s new, extended venture.
“In this golden era of TV, the Netflix culture puts no constraint on creative possibilities,” Luhrmann said in a statement. “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 will direct the first two episodes and the season finale, and executive produce the entire series along with Shawn Ryan and Luhrmann’s wife and long-term collaborator, Catherine Martin, who will also serve as costume and production designer (roles for which she’s won four Oscars in the past).
Netflix provided the following synopsis for the series: “[‘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” is scheduled to premiere on Netflix in 2016. Watch the teaser trailer below.