Netflix announced today that it is partnering with Italian broadcaster RAI and indie film and TV prodco Cattleya on the original series “Suburra,” an organized crime drama set on the Roman coast.
It marks Netflix’s first original series produced in Italy, as well as the debut of a new entry in the streamer’s roll-out strategy playbook.
The saga of “Suburra” will begin with a feature, directed by Stefano Sollima, that will be released theatrically in Italy on Oct. 14, the same day it debuts on Netflix in the Americas (it will debut on Netflix in Italy in May 2016). The 10-episode series will premiere globally on Netflix in 2017. RAI will air the series in Italy following its Netflix debut.
Cattleya has begun development on the series, which is scheduled to being principal photography in the second half of 2016.
Cattleya has done the movie-to-TV trick twice before, turning the 2005 feature “Romanzo Criminale” into a series in 2008, and the 2008 feature “Gomorrah” (based on a book by Roberto Saviano) into a series in 2014. Like “Suburra,” both are Italian organized crime dramas.
Adapted from a book by Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini, the film “Suburra (produced by Cattleya with Rai Cinema) tells the story of a battle over a seaside town outside of Rome set to be developed into a gambling paradise. The story involves a corrupt member of Parliament, Filippo Malgradi (Pierfrancesco Favino); Number 8 (Alessandro Borghi), the head of a powerful family that runs the territory; and Sebastiano (Elio Germano), a young event organizer; as well as corrupt religious leaders and rival Mafiosi, including the Samurai (Claudio Amendola).
As Netflix expands its global presence, it’s delving further into foreign production. Its series “Narcos” was shot in Colombia with Brazilian actor Wagner Moura in the lead, and the streamer recently debuted its first Spanish-language original series, “Club de Cuevos,” shot entirely in Mexico. It has also announced the imminent launch of “Las Layendas” (“The Legends”), its first animated series for kids to be fully produced in Latin America.