Crime series “Gomorrah” secures worldwide deals
Cannes, 6 October 2013. The highly acclaimed Sky Italia crime series Gomorrah, based on the prestigious book of Roberto Saviano, secures deals before its debut at this fall’s MipCom in Cannes. Beta Film sold the 12-hour-series, which is still in production, to Sky Germany, HBO Nordic in Scandinavia and HBO Latin America. Arrow Film acquired the rights for UK and Lumiere for the Netherlands. Negotiations with a major French partner as well as with a number of international broadcasters are in a final status. Gomorrah will be presented on a press conference on Sunday at 6 pm in Cannes, Hotel JW Marriott, La Croisette.
Gomorrah, produced by Sky, Cattleya, Fandango in collaboration with La7 and Beta Film, takes the viewers to the dark and gritty streets of Naples and to the inner sanctum of organized crime, the Camorra. When Pietro Savastano (Fortunato Cerlino), one of Naples biggest and most-feared Camorra bosses, is captured and sent to jail, his right-hand man Ciro Di Marzio (Marco D’Amore, “A Quiet Life”) sees an opportunity to finally become the new leader. But his time has not come yet; while in jail, Pietro’s wife Imma (Maria Pia Calzone) initially takes over, while Pietro's heir apparent, son Genny (Salvatore Esposito) learns the ropes in Honduras and a rival clan led by Salvatore Conte (Marco Palvetti ) plots to destroy the Savastanos once and for all. The war to control “The System” has just started, in a territory that keeps fighting not to surrender to crime and lawlessness.
The series' concept has its roots in Roberto Saviano’s critically-acclaimed best-selling novel of the same title (10 million copies worldwide); a shocking exposé of the Camorra, for which he conducted years of research and which triggered an unmatched reaction in Italy.
Stefano Sollima, helmer of the critically-acclaimed Sky Italia series “Romanzo Criminale”, serves as artistic director, directed six episodes and will present the series at the MipCom. Award-winning directors Claudio Cupellini (“A Quiet Life”) and Francesca Comencini ("The White Space") directed the remaining episodes. The series shot on location over thirty weeks in Naples, Rome, Milan, Ferrara, Ventimiglia and Barcelona.
Gomorrah is produced by Sky, Cattleya, Fandango in collaboration with La7 and Beta Film.