*On the heels of Starz’s “Power” and Fox’s “Empire,” Netflix has announced a straight-to-series order for its own hip hop-themed series, “The Get Down,” a 13-episode drama from Oscar nominee Baz Luhrmann.
Making his television series debut, the “Moulin Rouge!” writer-director-producer will helm the first two episodes as well as the series finale and executive produce alongside Emmy nominee Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The Get Down” will focus on 1970s New York — 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.
Watch the teaser trailer, below:
Luhrmann said in a statement: “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.”
Netflix isn’t the only outlet jumping on the hip hop-themed programming bandwagon. VH1 is also readying “The Breaks,” a drama series based on Dan Charnas’ best-selling book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, which is wildly considered one of the most comprehensive accounts of the history and business of hip-hop.