House of Breaks? Old-School Is the New…? Oh, forget it. Netflix’s next straight-to-streaming hit could be a show about the birth of hip-hop, in the TV series debut of a movie director already known for glitzy musical moments. Baz Luhrmann has struck a deal with the streaming service for a 13-episode series called The Get Down, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Luhrmann, the filmmaker behind The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge!, will direct the first two episodes and the finale, and he’ll executive produce with Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Terriers). The series is reportedly set in late-’70s New York during the birth of hip-hop, punk and disco and follows a motley bunch of teenagers from the South Bronx. Luhrmann said that “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.”
Hip-hop drama series have been proliferating lately. Fox has already renewed its ratings success Empire for a second season. Starz has ordered a second season of its 50 Cent-produced Power. And VH1 is getting set for The Breaks, based on Dan Charnas’ book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop.
The Get Down is set for a 2016 release, and you can watch an extremely brief teaser below.