Netflix Orders New Drama Series Set in 1970s NYC That Gave Birth to Hip-Hop, Punk and Disco


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With the success of shows like “Power” and “Empire” it’s not shock that Netflix has decided to develop a show that focuses on hip-hop, as well as other genres of music.

Per Shadow Act:

The streaming platform has ordered a new series titled “The Get Down,” from director Baz Luhrmann, which will unfold over 13 episodes (each an hour long), and will focus on 1970’s New York City, as the press release states, broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped – dying.

Tracking the history of hip-hop, and other innovative forms of music and art of the period, here’s a long description: “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.”

Luhrmann will direct the first 2 episodes as well as the season finale, and will serve as executive producer.

Look for the show to hit the small screens next year sometime.


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