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Netflix to Film Series Based on Investigation of Petrobras

By on April 16, 2016

SAO PAULO — Internet video service Netflix says it will start filming a new series based on the ongoing corruption investigation involving Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras.

A Netflix statement posted on its website says filming of the series will start this year, and the first episode is scheduled to be aired in 2017.

The yet-to-be-named series will be directed by Brazilian film director, producer and screenwriter Jose Padilha.

“Netflix recognizes Jose Padilha’s talent in turning fast-moving current events into compelling narratives,” Erik Barmack, Netflix vice president of international original content says in the statement.

Prosecutors allege that over $2 billion was paid in bribes by businessmen to obtain Petrobras contracts, projects that then subsequently ballooned in costs.

The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 09:  People walk past Petrobras headuarters, Brazil's state-run oil company, on March 9, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A massive corruption scandal at the company deepened last Friday when the Supreme Court released names of 54 politicians and officials for investigation by the attorney general's office.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Petrobras headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A massive corruption scandal at the company deepened when the Supreme Court released names of 54 politicians and officials for investigation by the attorney general’s office. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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