Australian director Baz Luhrmann is moving into television, or online streaming television more precisely, with the news that Netflix has ordered a 13 episode drama series from the acclaimed director.
Titled “The Get Down”, the series will be set in 1970s New York and is described as, “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.”
Luhrmann will direct the first two episodes and the season finale. He will also executive produce the series alongside Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”) while Academy Award winner Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!) will act as costume and production designer.
“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,” he added.
The series will premiere in 2016. Watch the teaser trailer below.
Watch: “The Get Down” – A Netflix original series from Baz Luhrmann