Here’s another in the trend towards ambitous international co-productions coming out of Europe. France’s Canal Plus Création Originale and Italian indie film and TV producer Cattleya have set eight-part drama series ZeroZeroZero based on the book by Roberto Saviano. Saviano, who is the author of the controversial 2006 mafia exposé Gomorrah, and penned the screenplay for its TV adaptation, is also creator of the new series. To be shot in English, it’s set in the world of international cocaine trafficking. With roots in the fragile network linking Mexican cartels that manage production to the great mafia mobs that deal with global distribution, and the apparently above-suspicion businessmen and banks who control the money, ZeroZeroZero tells what happens when one of the links falls apart as a huge cargo of coke makes its way from Mexico to Europe. What follows is an epic war of power in which all those involved — from the single drug dealer up to the most powerful crime boss — have to fight and put their own lives at risk.
Cattleya is producing and reuniting its Gomorrah writing team of Stefano Bises, Leonardo Fasoli and Roberto Saviano as well as director Stefano Sollima. Gomorrah was first adapted for the big screen by Matteo Garrone in 2008 and won the Grand Prix at Cannes. The Italian-language series has been a big critical and audience hit in Italy and just launched in Germany. Canal Plus is airing it in France in 2015. Tandem has international sales on ZeroZeroZero.
This is the second big Italian project announced this week in Mipcom. Shot in Italian, 1992 is a 10-part thriller about the political turmoil that led to the collapse of Italy’s First Republic from Sky Italia and Wildside.