Netflix has handed out a 13 episode straight-to-series order to The Get Down, a musical drama set in 1970s New York City from The Shield and Last Resort showrunner Shawn Ryan and Moulin Rouge helmer Baz Luhrmann, TVWise has learned.
The Get Down is set in 1970s and is described as “a mythic saga” which examines how New York, at the brink of bankruptcy, gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco – as told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world…forever.
The 13 episode series is being produced by Sony Pictures Television, where Shawn Ryan is under and overall deal. Baz Luhrmann is set to direct he first two episodes and the first season finale. He will also serve as an executive producer on the project alongside Ryan, Catherine Martin, Paul Watters, Thomas Kelly, Stephen Adley Guirgis and Marney Hochman.
“Baz conjures worlds we may not recognize initially, but once there, realize they are infused with the same dreams of every person – to belong, to matter, to live life to its fullest”, said Cindy Holland, Netflix’s Vice-President of Original Content. “We are thrilled to support Baz, Catherine and Paul and their team in their quest to illuminate those same dreams through the artists who came of age in the cauldron of the Bronx in the late 1970s”.
The Get Down will premiere on Netflix in all territories where the streaming service has a presence in 2016. Check out a teaser trailer below: