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    Baz Luhrmann 1970s Musical Drama With Shawn Ryan Gets Netflix Series Order

    by Nellie Andreeva      February 5, 2015 9:50am

     

     

    Netflix has given a 13-episode series order to musical drama The Get Down from Baz Luhrmann, marking the Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby director’s first music-driven project since the 2001 Moulin Rouge! as well as his first TV series. It is set to debut in 2016.

     

    The Get Down has been a long-time passion project for Luhrmann, who teamed for it with The Shield creator Shawn Ryan. Sony TV, where Ryan is under an overall deal, is the studio. The project has been in the works at Netflix for over a year, after Luhrmann, Ryan and Sony TV took it out in December 2013. A writers room was set up months ago to work on the 13 scripts. In anticipation of a formal green light, the project also recently brought in casting directors who had been exploring possibilities for the young leads.

    The Get Down 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.

    Here is a teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEbRXzKu__8&feature=player_embedded 

    Luhrmann will direct the first two episodes and the season finale and serve as executive producer. Ryan also executive produces alongside his producing partner Marney Hochman.

     

    Luhrmann has brought with him a key feature collaborator, his wife, Oscar winner Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!), who will serve as costume and production designer and executive producer on the series. Paul Watters (Luhrmann’s Australia); Thomas Kelly (Copper) and Stephen Adley Guirgis (Motherf***er With The Hat) also serve as executive producers.

    “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,” Luhrmann said. “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.”

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    Nate
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    Well, now we know what’s winning the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical in 2017. 🙂

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    Kyle Bailey
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    Already my new favorite show 

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    GraysWay
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    Hallelujah!!!!  I LOVE ALL THINGS BAZ 🙂

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    Kyle Bailey
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    First teaser 

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    Patrick
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    This is going to be dynamite with both Baz Luhrmann AND Catherine Martin.

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    Great casting!

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    Jimmy Smits To Star In Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix Music Drama ‘The Get Down’

    by Nellie Andreeva   May 26, 2015 6:25pm

    Jimmy Smits has been tapped for a key role in Baz Luhrmann’s music-driven drama for Netflix The Get Down.

    Set in 1970s New York City, the series — a long-time passion project for Luhrmann — revolves around a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers who are wild in the streets — nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them, except one another. Smits will play Francisco Cruz, aka “Papa Fuerte,” a South Bronx political boss who delivers services the City fails to provide – jobs, housing, healthcare, etc. A big man with brass, he navigates downtown politics the same way he handles his uptown turf – with ease and a touch of deception. Whether it’s his niece’s desire for disco stardom or a recent immigrant’s struggle to grab a hold of the American dream, if you want something in the neighborhood, you come to Papa Fuerte.

    “The Puerto Rican culture of the ’70’s Bronx plays such a large role in the story we are telling that the character of Papa Fuerte had to be played by an actor who could bring experience, gravitas and authenticity to the role,” Luhrmann said. “I know our entire cast is excited to have someone of Jimmy’s talent joining us on the journey we are undertaking. We are thrilled to have him on The Get Down.”

    The setup of The Get Down — the story of how 1970s New York City on the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco told through the lives and music of several South Bronx teenagers — is familiar territory for Smits. Brooklyn born-and-raised, Smits, who is of Puerto Rican descent, spent his teens and early 20s in the city during the 1970s.

    Following his showy turn on FX drama Sons of Anarchy playing pimp Nero Padilla, Emmy winner Smits was offered multiple broadcast pilots this past season but opted to stay in the cable/digital space, leading to his casting on The Get Down, a project to which he immediately responded.

    The 13-episode series from Luhrmann, Shawn Ryan and Sony Pictures Television, will debut in all Netflix territories in 2016. Catherine Martin, Paul Watters, Thomas Kelly, Stephen Adly Guirgis, and Marney Hochman executive produce alongside Luhrmann and Ruyan.

    Smits is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Tom Hoberman.

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    GIVE THIS TO ME NOW 

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    Jaden Smith Cast In Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix Music Drama ‘The Get Down’


    by Nellie Andreeva  

    June 9, 2015 2:35pm 

     

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    Actor-musician Jaden Smith (After Earth) has joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann’s music-driven Netflix drama for The Get Down. Set in 1970s New York City, the series — a long-time passion project for Luhrmann — revolves around a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers who are wild in the streets — nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them, except one another. Smith will recur as Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, 18, a psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer raised in the South Bronx.

    Smith already has started working on the show. “He has begun developing his The Get Down skill set, even taking lessons from the legendary graffiti artist Lady Pink of ‘Wild Style’ fame, as well as steeping himself in the history and culture of the Bronx,” Luhrman said.

    Smith started his acting career at an early age in TV, recurring on the comedy series co-created by his parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. He went on to star in features, including The Pursuit of Happyness and The Karate Kid, until recently returning to TV with a role in HBO’s upcoming comedy series Brothers In Atlanta.

    “We as an audience have known Jaden since he was very young,” Luhrman said. “Recently, Jaden has been seeking diverse and challenging roles and this is a testament to his passion to grow in the craft. We’re all very happy with the casting of Jaden in the role of ‘Dizzee’ Kipling, and with his addition, the Kipling family cast is now complete.” Previously cast as fellow Kiplings are Skylan Brooks (“Ra Ra”) and Tremaine Brown, Jr. (“Boo Boo”).

    On The Get Down, Smith aslo joins Jimmy Smits (“Francisco Cruz” aka “Papa Fuerte”), Herizen Guardiola (“Mylene Cruz”), Justice Smith (“Ezekiel”), Shameik Moore (“Shaolin Fantastic”),  Yahya Abdul-Mateen (“Cadillac”) and Mamoudou Athie (“Grandmaster Flash”).

    The 13-episode series from Luhrmann, Shawn Ryan and Sony Pictures Television, will debut in all Netflix territories in 2016. Catherine Martin, Paul Watters, Thomas Kelly, Stephen Adly Guirgis, and Marney Hochman executive produce alongside Luhrmann and Ruyan.

    Smith is repped by Paradigm and attorney Jason Sloane.

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    My heart just broke. This was going so well until this happened 

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    ^LOL!!!

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    Twelve-episode first season had a $120 million budget, so it supplants Marco Polo as Netflix’s most expensive show and is close behind Game of Thrones per episode. Netflix is experimenting with its release model, so the first half of the season is coming next week and the other half is coming early 2017.

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    Really looking forward to this.

    FYC Gold Derby TV Awards Performer of the Year: Michelle Dockery

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