Baz Luhrmann’s Music-Driven ‘The Get Down’ Coming to Netflix in 2016

Netflix Greenlights Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down
Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Baz Luhrmann on the set of ‘The Great Gatsby’ (Photo by Matt Hart © 2013 Bazmark Film III Pty Limited)

Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down will debut on Netflix in 2016 with Luhrmann serving as executive producer and directing episodes one, two, and 13. The dramatic series will be the first music-driven project Baz Luhrmann’s tackled since the big screen musical Moulin Rouge! released in 2001 and starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.

Catherine Martin, Paul Watters, Thomas Kelly, Stephen Adley Guirgis, Shawn Ryan, and Marney Hochman are on board as executive producers, and Martin will also be the series’ costume and production designer.

“From his very first and magnificently original steps on the world stage with Strictly Ballroom to his most recent with The Great Gatsby, 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. 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,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix.

“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,” stated Luhrmann.

The Get Down Plot:

The one-hour, 13-episode drama from Sony Pictures Television 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.

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