Netflix is getting back into business with Narcos executive producer and director José Padilha. Filming will begin in Brazil this year on a ripped-from-the-headlines original series based on the country’s recent corruption investigations, Operation Car Wash (aka Operação Lava Jato). The yet-to-be-titled series will be created and directed by Padilha and written by Elena Soares (Filhos do Carnaval, Casa De Areia).
A very timely subject, Operation Car Wash is an ongoing probe involving allegations of corruption at state-owned oil giant Petrobras which has impacted and fascinated the country. Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, is a former board member of Petrobras. Over the weekend, Brazil’s lower house voted in favor of her impeachment.
Padilha said, “This project will follow the judicial investigators in their journey to unveil the largest corruption scheme that Brazil has ever witnessed. It was fundamental for the series to be produced in an impartial way, and I have no doubt that Netflix is the best partner for the project.”
The busy Padilha — whose feature credits include the smash Brazilian thriller Elite Squad and 2014’s RoboCop — was recently tapped to direct Entebbe for Working Title and Studiocanal. He also has limited series The Brand in development at Showtime. Netflix recently renewed Pablo Escobar series Narcos for a 2nd season.
The Operation Car Wash series will be the second Netflix original produced in Brazil, following dystopian sci-fi thriller 3% which premieres later this year.