Netflix is dipping into hip-hop with their upcoming TV series "The Get Down."
Netflix continues to change the way we consume TV, from first simply offering a method to stream both TV shows and movies online, to later getting into producing original TV series themselves. It's worked out well, with shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black" becoming just as popular as your average cable TV show.
They're not stopping there, as they continue toÂ constantlyÂ develop new ideas for original series. The latest one, for which a trailer was just released, is actually centered around the 1970s hip-hop scene. Not to mention, it'll be directed by Baz LuhrmannÂ ("The Great Gatsby", "Romeo & Juliet").Â
The Hollywood ReporterÂ states that Luhrmann will be responsible for the first two episodes of the series, as well as the finale, and he will executive produce the series alongsideÂ Shawn Ryan ("The Shield").
"The Get Down" will focus on a crew of kids from the South Bronx, detailing how New York City gave birth to not only hip-hop but the punk movement as well. The VP of original content at Netflix shared a statement on the show, saying,
"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 every person â 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."
Director Luhrmann added,Â "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. 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."
The show is slated to premiere in 2016, and in true Netflix style, you'll be able to binge-watch it as soon as it drops.
Watch the trailer for it below.