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Weinsteins Take Rights to Italian Crime Series 'Gomorra'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 8, 2014 at 11:51AM

The Weinstein Company has taken rights to Italian crime drama series "Gomorra," based on Roberto Saviano's bestseller of the same title that goes inside the brutal Neapolitan mafia Camorra.
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'Gomorra,' the series
'Gomorra,' the series

The Weinstein Company has taken rights to Italian crime drama series "Gomorra," based on Roberto Saviano's bestseller of the same title that goes inside the brutal Neapolitan mafia Camorra. (It was also notably adapted into the 2008 film by Matteo Garrone, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes and was picked up for stateside distribution by IFC Films.)

The 12-episode show is directed by Stefano Sollima, Claude Cupellini and Francesca Comencini. It centers on 30-year-old Ciro (Marco d'Amore), the right-hand man of the Savastano clan's godfather Pietro (Fortunato Cerlino), and the ruthless war to take over “The System”.

Harvey Weinstein stated of the buy: “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."

No word yet on when the series would bow stateside.

This article is related to: Television, TV, TV News, Harvey Weinstein, Weinstein Co., The Weinstein Co.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.