SundanceTV has acquired the two existing seasons of the Italian crime drama series Gomorrah from The Weinstein Company. The first 12-episode season is slated to premiere in the U.S. this summer. Additionally, TWC, which holds the North American rights to the series, is shopping an English-language version. The situation is similar to another popular drama series from Western Europe, France’s The Return, whose original aired on SundanceTV, and an American adaptation ran on A&E.
Gomorrah is based on the best-selling non-fiction book by journalist Roberto Saviano, which has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and inspired the film Gomorrah, winner of the 2008 Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
The series, set in the suburbs of Naples, focuses on the inside story of the Camorra, the fierce Neapolitan crime organization, and is told through the eyes of Ciro Di Marzio (Marco D’Amore), the right hand of the clan’s godfather, Pietro Savastanno (Fortunato Cerlino).
“‘Gomorrah’ is a hard-hitting drama with a healthy dose of Shakespearean tragedy,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV.
The original series, set to return for a second season this spring on Sky, is produced by Sky Atlantic, Cattleya and Fandango in association with La7 and Beta Film, written by Stefano Bises and directed by Stefano Sollima, Francesca Comencini and Claudio Cupellini. The series was developed for television by Giovanni Bianconi, Stefano Bises, Leonardo Fasoli, Ludovica Rampoldi and Roberto Saviano. It was supervised by Gina Gardini, who ran Weinstein’s European production team for eight years at Miramax.
Gomorrah joins SundanceTV’s 2016 slate of scripted dramas which includes Hap and Leonard, The Last Panthers, Cleverman, The A Word, and the fourth and final season of Rectify.
Here is the series’ UK trailer for Season 1: