Premiere of Episodes 1 and 2 at Venice International Film Festival September 5 – 6, 2019
The series follows the journey of a cocaine shipment, from the moment a powerful cartel of Italian criminals decides to buy it until the cargo is delivered and paid for.
Through its characters’ stories, the series explains the mechanisms by which the illegal economy becomes part of the legal economy and how both are linked to a ruthless logic of power and control affecting people’s lives and relationships: Mexican cartels managing the drug’s production, Italian crime syndicates handling worldwide distribution, and American businesses, apparently above suspicion, controlling the seemingly infinite amount of money which this market produces. An epic power struggle is sparked engaging everyone involved, from the corner dealer up to the most powerful boss in the hierarchy of international organised crime— their lives and livelihoods hang in the balance.
Release date: 2020
Created by Stefano Sollima
Directed by Stefano Sollima, Pablo Trapero, and Janus Metz
Based on the book by Roberto Saviano
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan, Harold Torres, and Tchéky Karyo
An eight-part series for Amazon, Sky, and Canal+ television
Production has started on “ZeroZeroZero,” a drama on the international cocaine trade from the team behind hit Italian crime series “Gomorrah.” Gabriel Byrne and Andrea Riseborough will star in the show, which Amazon has picked up for the U.S.
The eight-part series, which is set to be one of the buzziest international dramas of 2019, is adapted from Roberto Saviano’s book and directed by Stefano Sollima. Saviano wrote “Gomorrah,” and Sollima directed the hit Sky series. Italy-based producer Cattleya, which is backed by ITV and produced “Gomorrah,” is making “ZeroZeroZero.”
Dane DeHaan (“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”) and Harold Torres (“Sin Nombre”) have also been cast alongside Byrne (“The Usual Suspects”) and Riseborough (“The Death of Stalin”). “ZeroZeroZero” came out of the Italian arm of Sky, which has it for the U.K. and Germany. Canal+ is also on board and has the show for France and French-speaking Africa.
Statement by creator/director Stefano Sollima:
In the globalised world, markets, production and consumption, even different lifestyles, are all interconnected, thanks to the continuous flow of trade that bring tons of goods to billions of people. In ZeroZeroZero we want to tell the story of just one of these goods: probably the most universally distributed, widely consumed and, above all, most profitable. And we are going to do it by following a container ship and its load from its point of departure in Mexico to its final destination in Italy, describing how the international trafficking of this special ‘commodity’ is affecting the market, the world economy and even our lives. This special good is cocaine, and its journey is our own.