Showtime To Adapt ‘Animal Kingdom’ As Series

Veteran US television producer John Wells is set to oversee the series.

7ee16b9fc6b2178bc23f.jpg

According to Deadline, a drama series is currently in the works based on David Michod's acclaimed local crime thriller Animal Kingdom.

The series will be executive produced by John Wells, the TV veteran whose credits include such top-billers as ER and The West Wing and who recently made his directorial feature debut with this year's The Company Men, a bruising but timely look at corporate downsizing.

Wells will once again partner with his fellow Southland producer Jonathan Lisco (the creator behind the short-lived cops drama K-Ville) who will develop the script, supposedly a crime drama about a crooked, presumably-now American clan as they battle the police as well as each other.

While the script is being developed independently from the creators of the original film, writer/director David Michod and producer Liz Watts are attached to the series as executive producers.

The 2010 film, which generated real buzz when it won the World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance last year, was inspired by Melbourne's infamous Pettingill crime clan headed by matriarch Kath Pettingill, a fictionalised version of whom was played by Jacki Weaver with the actress, of course, scoring a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.

This scoop for Showtime represents the recent growing trend of US television series drawing inspiration (whether they admit it or not!) from hit films - both new and classics.

comments powered by Disqus
follow us on twitter
like us on facebook

latest issue

Filmink latest issue

latest features

Cannes, Sundance…and CinefestOZ

Cannes, Sundance…and CinefestOZ Vice-Chairman Helen Shirvington talks about her vision for the CinefestOZ Film Festival, which has quickly cemented its place as a must-attend event on the film festival circuit.

The Final Games

Actor Liam Hemsworth finally gets to make his mark with ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’.

Teen Dreams

The sparkling, unconventional coming-of-age comedy drama, 'The Diary Of A Teenage Girl', offers another great role for the ever interesting Alexander Skarsgard.

From Stage To Screen

Writer Tommy Murphy talks about his epic journey to bring one of Australia’s great love stories to screen with ‘Holding the Man’.

latest reviews

Attack On Titan Part 1
Attack On Titan Part 1

"...unquestionably an ambitious project, and one that will divide its intended audience."

Ricki And The Flash
Ricki And The Flash

"...a big hearted paean to those who live boldly and happily on the margins."

Until Dawn
Until Dawn

“It’s trashy, splattery and loads of fun.”

The Wolfpack
The Wolfpack

“The narrative has a mesmerising, slow burn quality, drawing you into this closeted world…”