Netflix has an apparently boundless potential to generate new content material out of just about something. Consequential occasions turn into Netflix documentaries, its actuality exhibits supply new twists on an outdated format, and the streaming large is even making exhibits now impressed by memes. The latter is a reference to Florida Man, a brand new sequence approaching Thursday from Jason Bateman’s manufacturing firm — and the title of which is a transparent reference to that meme about kooky criminals who we’ve all snickered at.
Edgar Ramirez performs struggling ex-cop Mike Valentine, a playing addict who owes cash to a Philly mobster — and who can’t precisely say no when that mobster assigns him the fragile activity of discovering his runaway girlfriend. Deliver her again, and he can stroll away clear and debt-free. Easy, proper? Oh, and take a wild guess the place the girlfriend has run off to.
Valentine, a local of the Sunshine State, thus has no selection however to return to the humidity, the seashore cities, trailer parks, and waterfront ennui of Florida — a state, Valentine is reminded at one level, that’s actually formed like a gun.
The Florida Man sequence contains eight episodes in whole, all of which debut on April 13. And the present comes from creator and native Florida Man himself, Donald Todd, who mused in a promotional interview with Netflix about how “the brightest solar casts the darkest shadows, so individuals can conceal in shadows … that creates an ethos that’s excellent for a vivid and noirish crime story.”
Along with Ramirez, the solid contains Abbey Lee, Anthony LaPaglia, Clark Gregg, and Paul Schneider. Based on Netflix, the story mainly finds Valentine caught up in an more and more futile battle to do the best factor in a sunny place full of shady-yet-wacky dangerous guys. He additionally navigates sophisticated relationships together with his father and ex-wife, additional pulling him again to the hometown he’d tried to flee.
Todd is clearly having a little bit of enjoyable with all of the “Florida Man” mugshots and headlines right here, however what he says he’s actually making an attempt to do with this Netflix launch is to go deeper — to get at what’s beneath the paradise on the floor.
“As I grew up,” he defined in his Netflix interview, “I by no means stopped fascinated with why Florida is Florida. “Florida is a skinny layer of porous crust on high of 100 toes of water, and it’s possibly a number of toes above sea degree … it’d all sink. So once you really feel that all the things is non permanent, you are taking what you’ll be able to when you will get it.
“A ‘Florida man’ is somebody who’s proudly unbiased and doesn’t dwell by your code, which implies he doesn’t dwell by any code.”