Baz Luhrmann Bringing Hip-Hop Drama to Netflix

Baz Luhrmann Bringing Hip-Hop Drama to Netflix
After serving up several high-gloss films for the big screen, filmmaker Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby) will launch his next project online. His hip-hop drama, The Get Down, will be delivered as a 13-episode series on Netflix.

The project has apparently been in the works for over a year, with Luhrmann and co-producer Shawn Ryan having pitched the series to cable and streaming outlets back in 2013. Luhrmann said in a statement [via the Hollywood Reporter] that he's been contemplating the project, his first-ever TV series, for over 10 years.

The show apparently takes place in a crumbling 1970s New York and concerns a pack of South Bronx teenagers united by their rhymes, dance moves and graffiti skills. The show will reportedly also touch on era-appropriate punk movements at CBGB, the SoHo art scene, and activities at infamous disco club Studio 54.

"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," Luhrmann said.

Details on casting and air dates have yet to be revealed, but a quick teaser trailer notes that Netflix will launch The Get Down sometime in 2016.