Netflix Orders Baz Luhrmann’s 70s Set NYC Series ‘The Get Down’

By February 5, 2015

After debuting the first trailer for their first Marvel Studios series “Daredevil,” Netflix is keeping the train rolling by announcing their acquisition of another original series, and it should be a good one.

Today, the streaming service announced that they had ordered 13 episodes of a new one-hour drama series called “The Get Down” from Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann. The series will debut in all of Netflix’s territories starting in 2016.

As you might have guessed, this will be another music-driven project from Luhrmann, and while we don’t have any real footage from the series yet (or an indication of who will star in it), here’s the teaser trailer Netflix released with the announcement along with an official synopsis:

In broken down and beaten up, violent and cash strapped 1970s New York City, 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.

Luhrmann is serving as executive producer on the series and will also direct the first two episodes of “The Get Down” as well as the season finale. The rest of the crew bringing the series together includes Paul Watters (Australia), Thomas Kelly (“Copper”), Stephen Adley Guirgis (Motherf***er With The Hat), Shawn Ryan (“The Shield,” “Terriers”) and Marney Hochman (“Terriers”) as executive producers.

The director of Romeo + Juliet couldn’t be happier with his new Netflix home:

“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 ten 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.”

As someone who adores Moulin Rouge, loved The Great Gatsby and thoroughly enjoyed Romeo + Juliet, I cannot wait to see what Luhrmann does with 13 hours of creative freedom from Netflix. Plus, with the setting of 1970s New York City, I can’t wait to see what Luhrmann has in store when it comes to the music side of the project.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.