Netflix has given a series order to its long-gestating period drama The Get Down from Baz Luhrmann and Shawn Ryan.
The Sony Pictures TV project is set in New York City in the late 1970s amid the explosion of hip-hop, punk and other innovative music and art that coincided with a surge in crime, violence and urban decay. Get Down focuses on a group of crafty teenagers from one of the hardest hit areas, the South Bronx.
Luhrmann said hes been working on the concept for the series for 10 years. Netflixs commercial-free environment and reputation for giving creatives wide berth in storytelling made it a natural home for Get Down, he said.
Ive 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 said. Im 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 weve set out to tell.
Luhrmann and Ryan will exec produce, along with production and costume designer Catherine Martin, who is married to Luhrmann and is his frequent collaborator, as well as Paul Watters, Thomas Kelly, Stephen Adley Guirgis and Marney Hochman.