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The Weinstein Co. has picked up U.S. rights to the Italian organized crime drama Gomorrah, based on the best-selling book by Italian investigative journalist Roberto Saviano.
The first 12-episode season of Gomorrah will debut in Italy on Sky Italia, the pay TV platform controlled by Rupert Murdoch‘s 21st Century Fox.
TWC is also looking into making a U.S. version of the Italian series.
Said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein: “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.”
Gomorra stars Marco D’Amore, Fortunato Cerlino, Maria Pia Calzone, Salvatore Esposito and Marco Palvetti.
The series’ directors include Sollima, Claudio Cupellini and Francesca Comencini.
Sky Italia is producing together with Cattleya, Fandango, La 7 and Germany’s Beta Film, who are handling international sales for the show.
Gomorrah will go out on Sky Atlantic in the U.K., on Sky Deutschland in Germany and on HBO for Scandinavia and Latin America.
TWC’s deal for Gomorrah was negotiated by COO David Glasser, Michal Steinberg and Robert Walak with Dirk Schurhoff of Beta.
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Tracee Ellis Ross