The Weinstein Co. is taking on a criminal exercise with its latest acquisition.
Weinstein has acquired the rights to the crime drama series “Gommora” from Beta Film, the company said Monday.
The series, starring Marco D’Amore, Fortunato Cerlino, Maria Pia Calzone, Salvatore Esposito and Marco Palvetti, is based on the best-selling novel by Roberto Saviano, and tells the inside story of the Neapolitan crime organization Camorra.
“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,” TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein said of the acquisition. “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.”
Beta Films CEO Jan Mojto said that the Weinstein Co. will be the “ideal partner” to make the show a U.S. success.
“‘Gommora‘ is the best example for high quality European television, which does not only have an impact in its home country, but makes its way as a foreign language product to the English speaking world,” Mojto said. “After selling it to UK, France, HBO Nordic and Latin America among others, we are proud to deliver this in every aspect outstanding series to The Weinstein Company. With its marketing expertise and distribution skills TWC is an ideal partner to make this exceptional show a success in the States.”
The 12-episode series, directed by Stefano Sollima (“Romanzo Criminale”), Claudio Cupellini (“A Quiet Life”) and Francesca Comencini (“The White Space”), is produced by Sky Italia, Cattleya, Fandango, La 7 and Beta Film.