The Weinstein Company has acquired rights to the Sky Italia crime drama series Gomorra, directed by Stefano Sollima (Romanzo Criminale). Marco D’Amore, Fortunato Cerlino, Maria Pia Calzone, Salvatore Esposito, Marco Palvetti star in the series based on Roberto Saviano’s bestselling novel, the inside story of the fierce Neapolitan crime organization Camorra. It tells the story of 30-year-old Ciro (d’Amore), the right hand of the Savastano clan’s godfather Pietro (Cerlino), and the ruthless war to take over “The System”. The series consist of 12 one-hour installments and in addition to Sky Italia is produced by Cattley, Fandango La 7 and Beta Film. Negotiations began at the 2013 Mipcom market. The deal is for the original series and no remake is planned as of now.
“This is a project that caught our eye a while back for its world-class acting talent, as well as Stefano Sollima’s phenomenal abilities to craft a thriller like none other. We’re incredibly happy to be on board with the entire group of producers behind the show, including Beta and Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini and Marco Chimenz’S team at Cattleya,” said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein in announcing the deal this morning. The deal was negotiated by TWC by COO David Glasser, Michal Steinberg, EVP, Business/Legal Affairs & Acquisitions, and Robert Walak, President/MD Europe, Production, Acquisitions and TV with Dirk Schürhoff of Beta on behalf of the filmmakers.