Legendary spectacle director Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge), brought one of Netflix‘s most expensive productions to life when The Get Down premiered last year. The epic saga that explores the emerging hip hop scene in the South Bronx (set in 1977), was released on August 12th, 2016 to mixed reviews, but no one could deny the show’s beautiful visuals and wonderful music.
After a mere six episodes fans of the series were left wondering: when would the musical adventure continue for The Fantastic Four Plus One? Netflix has now answered that question by dropping a teaser for The Get Down Part II (as it is called on a title card), along with the release date for the latter half of the series.
The next season of The Get Down will premiere on April 7th, 2017 in both the U.S. and Canada, with other countries presumably following post haste. As a Netflix Original, The Get Down is not tied to the whims of a major network and, therefore, the streaming service has more autonomy in when and where the content gets released. From the teaser, fans can infer that both Ezekiel (Justice Smith), and Mylene (Herizen F. Guardiola), will find greater musical success and that Zeke’s tumultuous relationship with Shaolin Fantastic (Shameik Moore), is going to be in good shape – at least for a little while.
The Get Down Part 2 has been plagued by growing budgetary concerns that have been widely reported – and from what little can be seen in the teaser, the design seems to have been heightened along with a variety of new locations, adding to this mythological version of the South Bronx. Jimmy Smits, who plays Francisco Cruz – an important political boss in the area – is set to return, along with Jaden Smith (Karate Kid), Skylan Brooks (South Paw), and T.J. Brown Jr. who make up the rest of The Fantastic Four Plus One.
When The Get Down premiered it was a fresh and exciting project for Netflix, unlike anything they had ever done before. It represents a different type of storytelling then audiences are used to consuming from the streaming service and broadened the diversity quota of their Original content. While the highly-stylized visual tone may not be for everyone, The Get Down is well-executed and this teaser for Part 2 drives that message home.
On the other hand, there isn’t much shared in the teaser about the plot of The Get Down Part 2, which is unfortunate. Knowing that the show is a difficult sell for some people may have warranted a stronger sell from the direct marketing campaign. Sure, it’s pretty, but what’s the story? It will be interesting to see if Netflix is able to recoup the immense budget on this project, should the second installment garner a wider audience than the first has.
The Get Down Part 2 hits Netflix on April 7th, 2017.