Invisible Cities: Carlos Saldanha heads to Netflix for new Brazilian series
Staff Reporter | On 23, Jun 2018
Ice Age and Rio director Carlos Saldanha is heading to Netflix for his new project, a Brazilian series for Netflix.
Invisible Cities, created and directed by the two-time Oscar nominee, follows the release of Ferdinand, which, together with his other animated movies, has seen Saldanha’s work gross over $3.1B worldwide at the box office.
A native of Rio de Janeiro, Saldanha moved to New York in 1991. The producer/director went on to start his own production companies, BottleCap Productions (U.S.) and Boipeba Filmes (Brasil). Throughout his career, his work has always showcased his love of Brazil and its culture, from vibrant portraits of its landscape to its joyful people. Invisible Cities will see the filmmaker return home, delving deeper into his country’s soul to explore its faith and cultural mix, sharing the stories that people tell about legends – and the stories that legends say about people.
Tapping into Brazilian folklore, Invisible Cities will take us into an underground world inhabited by mythical creatures, following a detective who finds himself caught in a murder investigation that puts him in the middle of a battle between that world and ours.
Brazilian star Marco Pigossi will play the lead role, building on a prolific career that launched into stardom in 2010 with his portrait of Cássio in the soap opera Caras e Bocas.
“We are thrilled to have a talent like Marco Pigossi joining Netflix. Marco has had such an influence on Brazilian culture, and we couldn’t be more excited to be apart of his journey to reach and entertain a global audience,” says Tesha Crawford, Netflix’s Director of International Originals Content.
“This is a great moment for me, embracing the opportunity as an actor to live the plurality and creative challenges that a partnership with Netflix presents. To have this cultural exchange and film with actors and crew from different nationalities is a huge learning, even more knowing that people all around the world will watch the result. And now also having the privilege of working in my comments Marco Pigossi.
The series follows an increasingly diverse line-up of Brazilian series produced by Netflix, from dystopian satire 3% to political thriller The Mechanism, which tackles political and industrial corruption.
“This new project marks an important moment in our slate of Brazilian Originals as we add a new genre to the diverse content we’ve been working to offer to our audiences by tapping into the cultural mixture that makes Brazil such a rich and interesting source of stories with universal appeal,” says Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP of International Original Content. “We are beyond excited for doing so by partnering with talented and world-class director Carlos Saldanha.”
“Invisible Cities is a lifelong passion project that brings me back to filming in my home country. I’m thrilled to capture a contemporary take of Brazilian folklore with the millions of people around the world connected through Netflix.” adds Saldanha.
Netflix has ordered eight episodes of the series, which will start production at the end of this year.