After a handful of hits, including Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, and most recently, The Great Gatsby, director Baz Luhrmann is following the trendy move to TV and lending his talents to Netflix with The Get Down.
The hour-long, 13-episode series will focus on New York during the '70s, when the city was down and out and no one was sure if it would make a comeback. A group of teenagers from the South Bronx propel the musical drama, moving from tenements in the Bronx, to SoHo, Studio 54, and the newly built World Trade Center.
Luhrmann, who will direct the first two episodes and the season finale, shares the behind-the-scenes work with other big names, including Academy-Award winner Catherin Martin (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge) who will act as Costume and Production designer. The two will also serve as executive producers on the series alongside Paul Watters (Australia). Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix, stated:
"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 very 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."