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Netflix said last week that it will begin filming a new series based on the Petrobras corruption scandal.

The company said the original series will begin shooting at some point this year in Brazil and will trace the investigation into a multi-billion corruption and bribery scheme tied to Petrobras contracts.

The yet-to-be-titled series will be created and directed by José Padilha and written by Elena Soares.

“This project will follow the judicial investigators in their journey to unveil the largest corruption scheme that Brazil has ever witnessed. It was fundamental for the series to be produced in an impartial way, and I have no doubt that Netflix is the best partner for the project,” Padilha said. 

A release date has not been announced yet.

Brazilian investigators allege that several construction, engineering and services firms paid bribes in an effort to win contracts with Petrobras.

The investigation has already landed several former industry executives in jail and has ensnared some of Brazil’s most famous politicians including former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Lula da Silva, 70, is accused of accepting gifts related to kickbacks including construction work, luxury real estate and speaking fees from companies accused of involvement in the corruption scheme.

Lula da Silva has denied any wrongdoing.

Current Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has attempted to install Lula da Silva as her administration’s chief of state, a move that grant him protections from prosecution.

The appointment is currently on hold pending a ruling from the country’s Supreme Court.

Brazil’s lower congressional house voted on Sunday to move forward with impeachment proceedings against Rousseff.

The country’s senate will vote on the matter sometime in May, CNBC said.


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