Beta Inks Pact on 'Gomorrah' Skein

Sky Italia, Cattleya, Fandango producing Italo crime series

Germany’s Beta Film has taken world sales on “Gomorrah,” the high-profile Italo TV series which aims to depict the real Neapolitan mob with a degree of authenticity that’s never been seen before.

Currently shooting in Naples and its crime-ridden environs, “Gomorrah” is a TV spin-off of the gritty eponymous Matteo Garrone movie. Twelve-episode first series of the skein is being produced by Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Italia paybox with Rome’s Cattleya and Domenico Procacci’s Fandango.

Beta, which boarded as co-production partner, is already in advanced talks for sales to several territories, including the U.K.

Footage will be unveiled at the Mipcom TV mart in October.

Reality-based narrative revolves around two warring family factions of the Camorra, the local mob. Stefano Sollima, who helmed Sky’s widely exported “Crime Novel” — also sold by Beta — is showrunning and directing six “Gomorrah” episodes with helmer Claudio Cupellini (“A Quiet Life”) and Francesca Comencini (“A Special Day”) attached for three segs each.

Author Roberto Saviano, who wrote the bestselling expose which Garrone made into a movie, has overseen the screenplay of the TV adaptation expected to go on air on Sky in Italy in early 2014.

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