Fragola and Meduri together again for Sollima
in the TV series on international cocaine trafficking

ZEROZEROZERO

Teamwork makes the…

by Adriano Stabile

There is a mammoth and finely detailed work behind ZeroZeroZero, the TV series inspired by Roberto Saviano‘s homonymous bestseller, which aired on Sky Atlantic and Now TV between February and March, still available on demand on the two channels. «It took three years of research and two of writing to prepare the eight episodes that we shot in 148 days in three different continents», explained Stefano Sollima, creator of the story with Leonardo Fasoli and Mauricio Katz, as well as director, together with Pablo Trapero and Janus Metz, of the series about the global interconnections of cocaine trafficking with finance and the social fabric.
The numbers give an idea of the endeavour: over five hundred locations in five differencountries (Italy, Mexico, Louisiana, Morocco and Senegal), a crew of a thousand people and a cast of ten thousand between actors and extras. «We only kept the idea of the book – Sollima’s words – it is not a series on cocaine, but on the globalization of the cocaine market. We went to the places where we wanted to set our story and we interviewed the police, the military, magistrates, social workers, port workers and commanders of cargo ships».
In ZeroZeroZero, previewed at the last Venice Film Festival, Veronica Fragola curated the costumes and Paki Meduri the production design, professionals who are tried and true collaborators on the Sollima team since Gomorrah and Suburra.