Netflix has picked up Mixtape from Joshua Safran and put the pilot on track for a full series.
Written by the Quantico creator, the romantic musical drama looks at the love stories connecting a diverse, disparate group of people in contemporary Los Angeles through the music that lives inside their hearts and minds. The project began as a pilot at Fox, but wasn’t picked up by Fox Broadcasting Co., leading Fox 21 Television Studios to shop the programme out to streamers. The result is the third pilot to be picked up by Netflix, including The CW’s Insatiable and ABC’s All About the Washingtons.
The series is produced by Annapurna Pictures in association with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21. Safran is exec-producing, alongside Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Ali Krug. The pilot was originally directed by Jesse Peretz, with Callie Hernandez leading a cast that includes Jahmil French, Jenna Dewan, Campbell Scott, Madeleine Stowe, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Megan Ferguson and Evan Whitten. Only one cast member – Raul Castillo, who played the lead role of Sam – will be recast, which will lead to some reshoots of the pilot, most likely helmed by Peretz.
Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the series.