The musical never completely died as a movie genre, but it did lay dormant for a good long while throughout the 1980s and ’90s, with only the occasional throwback like Pennies From Heaven, Newsies, or Everyone Says I Love You popping up, like an old memory. Back then, the movie business largely conceded its tradition of song-and-dance to Disney cartoons and MTV, assuming — wrongly — that the idea of flesh-and-blood actors breaking into big numbers in the middle of narrative feature films had become too cornball for the modern mass audience.
Netflix’s The Get Down made headlines for the wrong reasons at first, as reports of Baz Luhrmann‘’s ballooning budget and reshoots pulled focus from positive reviews. Production even made history by separating the two halves of its first Netflix season, while new reports suggest episode budgets have reached as high as $16 million.
The relationship between Broadway and and Hollywood has always struck me as a bit unfair. Hollywood basically gets its pick of pre-packaged products: wonderful lyrics, showstopping dance numbers, and beloved songs. Broadway, meanwhile, has to do most of the heavy lifting when adapting a movie for the stage. Oh, you want to make Waitress into a Broadway musical? That’s great! You’ll just need to write a whole new suite of songs. And figure out all the choreography. And rewrite the book to make those first two things fit. Because the movie has none of that.
As the most recent trailer only proved, Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix hip-hop drama The Get Down has become one of the more anticipated series of the year, even as the streaming service broke with its usual strategy to release season halves at different times. There’s good reason, it seems, as an eye-popping report has The Get Down at one of the most expensive series ever made, for which Luhrmann might sit out any possible second season.
In case you were living in a bubble of Comic-Con news this weekend (or perhaps a new season of BoJack Horseman), Netflix shone the spotlight on yet another of highly-anticipated premieres. Baz Luhrmann’s ‘70s hip-hop drama The Get Down has a brand-new trailer, looking more musical and showstopping than ever.
Among the many, many new series arriving on Netflix this year, we’re perhaps most eager for a look at Baz Lurhmann’s ‘70s hip-hop drama The Get Down, its first episodes due to arrive in August. Even without a full first season to premiere, the latest trailer makes The Get Down a strong contender for the year’s most electric.
Ahead of today’s TCA ’16 panel, Netflix has unveiled a slew of release dates for new original series, including Baz Luhrmann’s musical The Get Down, the Winona Ryder thriller Stranger Things, and shows from Will Arnett, Ashton Kutcher and the service’s first French-language series, starring Gerard Depardieu. These shows join established series Orange Is the New Black, Jessica Jones, Grace and Frankie and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, with Netflix also announcing returning dates for those favorites.
Not to beat the drum on Netflix doubling its original programming across 2016, but have two more! Our first look at Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann’s take on 1970s New York hip-hop The Get Down has arrived, along with an extended sneak peek of Queen Elizabeth II miniseries The Crown.
Unless he's caught in a trap and can't walk out, it looks like 'The Great Gatsby' director Baz Luhrmann will be directing a film about the life of Elvis Presley, though it's unknown how much of the king of Rock and Roll's life the film will cover.
When you think about martial arts epics, the last name that comes to mind is Baz Luhrmann, the man behind movies like 'The Great Gatsby' and 'Moulin Rouge.' But maybe that's why he's an inspired choice for 'Kung Fu,' which will revive the beloved '70s television series and bring it to the big screen.