Italian Mafia Series 'Gomorrah' Ratings Hit for Sky Italia

"Gomorrah: The Series"

The small-screen take on Matteo Garrone's 2008 Golden Globe-nominated feature, based on Roberto Saviano's expose of the Camorra mafia. This grimy, real-life Godfather goes out on Sky Italia later this year. The Weinstein Company are already developing an English-language version with Italian producers Cattleya.

Sales: Beta Film

700,000 viewers catch the premiere of the small screen adaptation of Roberto Saviano’s true crime bestseller, which The Weinstein Co. has acquired for the U.S.

Ambitious Italian mafia series Gomorrah killed on its premiere, drawing 700,000 viewers on pay-TV channel Sky Atlantic/Sky Cinema, which is controlled by 21st Century Fox,  for its pilot episode.

The series is based on of Roberto Saviano’s  best-selling investigative book into the Naples mafia, called the Camorra, as well as the feature film of the same name by Matteo Garrone, which won Cannes Grand Jury Prize in 2008.

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The first 12-part season of Gomorrah stars Marco d’Amore as Ciro, the right hand of a brutal Camorra godfather. When the godfather is sent to prison, Ciro seizes his chance, defying the rules of the clan to try and become mafia boss himself. Standing in his way is the godfather’s wife Imma (Maria Pia Calzone) and his son Genny (Salvatore Esposito). At the same time a rival clan, run bySalvatore Conte (Marco Palvetti), sees the power struggle as an opportunity to wipe out his enemies.

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Gomorrah is one of the most hotly-anticipated new international drama series. Sales group Beta Film has sold the series to some 50 territories, with BskyB taking it in the U.K., Sky Deutschland nabbing German rights, Canal Plus buying France and HBO picking up rights in Scandinavia and Latin America. The Weinstein Company have acquired the series for the U.S. and are in discussions over a possible English-language remake.

Gomorrah is a co-production between Sky Cinema, Cattleya, Fandango, La 7 and Beta Film.