Suburra is planned as a 10-episode drama made in partnership with Italy’s RAI. While Netflix has embarked on originals in France (Marseille), and elsewhere, this is the first time it’s moving into the space in Italy. A worldwide debut is set for 2017.
Described as a dark and gripping organized crime series set on the Roman coast, Suburra will be produced by Cattleya, the indie film and television company behind such series as Gomorrah and Romanzo Criminale.
The saga that involves politics, the Vatican, the mafia, corruption, money laundering, drugs and prostitution, will begin with a feature film directed by Stefano Sollima (A.C.A.B., Gomorrah) that’s slated for theatrical release in Italy on October 14. Netflix will then debut the film the same day in the Americas with Italy following in May 2016. The series will come the following year.
The movie, based on the book by Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini, tells the story of a grueling battle over a seaside town outside of Rome which is 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. It also involves corrupt religious leaders and rival Mafiosi, including the Samurai (Claudio Amendola) who represents the most feared faction of Roman organized crime. The plot reveals an endemic system of corruption and rampant illegality on an international scale.
Cattleya is in development on the series with production planned to start in the second half of 2016. RAI will air Suburra after the debut on Netflix in Italy.