The Get Down Continues
On April 7, Netflix released the second part of The Get Down season one, their drama detailing the beginning of hip-hop in New York. The show, created by Baz Luhrmann, stars Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., and Jaden Smith as the “Get Down Brothers”, a crew of South Bronx teenagers in the 1970s aiming for stardom in the early days of hip-hop.
The second part is as vibrant, vivid, and musical as the first, if not more so. It continues the story of the “Brothers” a year after the end of part one. It also follows Mylene Cruz, a talented aspiring disco singer who is also involved in a complicated love story with Ezekiel.
The Get Down has been released in two parts that make up one season. It’s one of Netflix’s most expensive shows if not the most expensive of all, reported to cost about $16 million per episode. Considering its lavish, sprawling sets and large cast as well as Luhrmann’s signature grandiose style, this isn’t surprising.
Luhrmann was very involved in the production of the first season, but admitted to Vulture that he isn’t interested in taking as large a role in another potential season. However, he says that he has someone else in mind for the the role of showrunner. “Way back in the very beginning of this, and I won’t say who it was, but there is an African-American director who is absolutely the best of the best for this, and always was. I tried to get him involved and I couldn’t. I don’t want to be tease-y, but we’re all trying to hope to make that work out.”
He also mentioned that “..we have already developed the opening of the next season,” and that while a season two hasn’t been formally confirmed yet, “Sony and Netflix have been very driven about having a second season.”