Netflix has released its first look at its upcoming drama, The Get Down, which follows a crew of South Bronx teenagers in the 1970s.
The Hollywood Reporter bills the get down as a “hip-hop drama,” although that’s probably a bit of stretch considering that hip-hop was in its embryonic stages in the 1970s.
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.
By the looks of the trailer and a brief IMDB perusal, The Get Down will feature a lot of fresh new faces (including Dope’s Shameik Moore) as well as Giancarlo Esposito.
Grandmaster Flash is an producer and advisor for the show which is smart and great. Less smart and great is the fact that The Get Down was created by a bunch of white people including the white Australian Baz Luhrmann and Shawn Ryan, head writer of The Shield. Luhrmann’s wife, Catherine Martin will handle the costume and production design. The Get Down will be coming to Netflix for your binge watching pleasure sometime in 2016.
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