I had a chance to sit down with the director Rhys Thomas as well as, Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka the creators / writers / executive producers of Comrade Detective, a satirical 1980s-set Romanian cop series on Amazon Prime. Channing Tatum leads an all-star voice cast that includes Mahershala Ali, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Craig, Jenny Slate, Nick Offerman, Fred Armisen, and Kim Basinger. The series is a co-production of Amazon Studios and A24.
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In the thick of 1980s Cold War hysteria, the Romanian government created the country’s most popular and longest-running series, Comrade Detective, a sleek and gritty police show that not only entertained its citizens but also promoted Communist ideals and inspired a deep nationalism. The action-packed and blood-soaked first season finds Detectives Gregor Anghel and Iosef Baciu investigating the murder of fellow officer Nikita Ionesco and, in the process, unraveling a subversive plot to destroy their country that is fueled by—what else—the greatest enemy: capitalism.
Though the beloved show was sadly forgotten about after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it has been rediscovered and digitally remastered now with its main heroes voiced by Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. A true portal into a time and place, Comrade Detective offers a powerful reminder of what art can be—and it is now ready to be seen by the modern world on a larger scale than ever before.
Brian and Alessandro’s previous producing and writing credits include the NBC television series Animal Practice and the Showtime television series Dice. Dice is returning for season two on August 24th. They also wrote the FOX feature The Sitter.
Rhys’ additional directing and producing credits include John Mulaney’s Emmy-nominated stand-up special The Comeback Kid, NBC’s Emmy-nominated concert special Adele: Live In New York City and his debut feature Staten Island Summer.