Netflix has announced a new Italian series, Zero.
Based on an idea by rising author Antonio Dikele Distefano, Zero tells the story of a shy guy with African heritage, a second generation Italian with an incredible superpower. Thanks to his power, he will learn how to open up to the world and to love.
Distefano and Menotti (Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot) are writing the series along with Stefano Voltaggio, Massimo Vavassori, Carolina Cavalli e Lisandro Monaco, exploring the Milanese suburbs, a rich and diverse world of under-represented cultures mixed with rap elements.
Distefano says about the project: “The idea of Zero comes from my need to put different stories together in order to tell one. The story of a special boy, of a black guy, who thanks to his super power manages to see the reality behind the appearance of things, people and relationships. Rap will be one of the protagonists of the story because rap is the language of our age, it is capable of describing environments that people do not see, such as the Milan suburbs where the series is set, and it is my language”.
Felipe Tewes, Director, International Originals, Netflix, comments: “Our goal at Netflix is to find new local, unheard voices and give them the opportunity to tell their stories to a global audience. We are really excited to work together with Antonio, Menotti and the Zero pool of writers to bring their unique vision to life in what will be the first superhero show in our offer of Italian Original contents.”
Zero is produced by Fabula Pictures with the participation of Red Joint Film. Production is slated to begin in 2020.