CANNES — Jan Mojto’s Beta Film, a “Babylon Berlin” partner and lynchpin company on Europe’s burgeoning foreign-language TV drama scene, is teaming with Munich-based Neuesuper for crime drama “Hamburg Hustling,” set against the background of Hamburg’s notorious red-light district St. Pauli.
Negotiations with a German network are in an advanced phase, Beta said in a statement Wednesday.
Written by Neuesuper co-founder Rafael Parente, Niklas Hoffmann (“Hindafing”, “Blockbustaz”) and Peter Kocyla (“Eight Days”), “Hamburg Hustling” uses a crime format to open the lid on a glamorous, yet corruption-sodden world, when Hamburg, Germany’s world-famous harbor city transformed “into a giant party capital, turning pimps and hustlers into popstars overnight,” as the synopsis puts it.
The context is fresh, with “Hamburg Hustlers” portraying a group of hustlers who, “boosted by prostitution and petty crime, become celebrities, worshiping their cars, their golden necklaces, moustaches, perms and tinted glasses,” the series’ synopsis runs.
Enrolling a theme of female empowerment, the series revolves around the first female cop from the legendary police station Davidwache, in the heart of the red light district. She is surrounded by a “hypnotizing world of money, muscles, violence and sex, where the lines are never clearly drawn,” a Beta Film statement says. She, however, remains incorruptible.
“This time in Hamburg feels like watching an old Scorsese film,” said writer-producer Parente.
He added: “But all this happens here, in Germany. Often enough reality is much more spectacular than any fiction could be.”
“St Pauli is a brash, colorful and also frightening setting for a crime show following a female cop standing up for herself in a man’s world,” said Beta Film managing director Moritz von Kruedener,
He went on: “We strongly believe in Neuesuper, with their young, vivid approach, to transfer all these ingredients into an extraordinary series.”
Founded by Simon Amberger, Korbinian Dufter and Parente in 2010, and now an up-and-coming force on Germany TV and film scene, Neuesuper is best known for producing the upcoming Sky Germany original “Eight Days,” a drama about the last eight days of mankind, one day per episode, told from the POV of an “average Joe family,” and tapping the talent of directors such as Academy Award winner Stefan Ruzowitzky (“The Counterfeiters”).