A classic of Brazilian cinema nominated for four Oscars, City of God (2002) will win a sequel. HBO Max confirmed this Wednesday (30) that it is developing a spin-off series set after the events of the original film.
According to the streaming service, the new attraction will show what happened to the characters two decades after the film. Director of Cidade de Deus, Fernando Meirelles is involved in the project alongside producer Andrea Barata Ribeiro.
“Cidade de Deus is a work loved by the public and deals with themes that, even after 20 years, are still extremely relevant, both for Brazilians and for audiences anywhere in the world. Therefore, we are starting the development of this project, which, in the future, may come off the drawing board and become an impactful production”, said Silvia Fu, senior director of Scripted Content at Warner Bros. Discovery in Brazil, in a statement sent to journalists.
For the project, Meirelles will lead a team of screenwriters formed by Sérgio Machado, Armando Praça, Renata Di Carmo, Estevão Ribeiro and Rodrigo Felha. Aly Muritiba (Deserto Particular) will direct the series.
“The series will reveal what sprouted from that seed planted in the years the film takes place. After those kids turn the corner in the final scene of the film, where did they go and what did they become?” added Meirelles.
If the project wins the green light from HBO Max, Wilson Rodrigues will return to the role of Buscapé, the protagonist of the 2002 feature.
Check out the synopsis of the City of God series released by HBO Max:
“Community residents are trapped in the midst of a dispute between two drug dealers from different generations and the militia, which has been occupying neighboring neighborhoods. It is a war waged by politicians and businessmen interested in dominating the area. The energies are dispersed, but the death of a resident loved by all makes the community unite around the candidacy of a community leader and face the oppressor.”
In addition to Wilson Rodrigues, the cast of Cidade de Deus included Leandro Firmino, Douglas Silva, Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge, Phellipe Haagensen, Jonathan Haagensen, Alice Braga and Jefechander Suplino. At the Oscars, the feature competed for the statuettes for best director, best adapted screenplay, best cinematography and best editing.