Just when you think you’ve heard it all…
America is planning to remake Underbelly.
And no they won’t be bringing Al Pacino to Melbourne to re-do the series. They will be hunting for American gangs to which they can apply the format.
Bizarre stuff… .but a win for Screentime nonetheless.
The US version is due to screen on Starz, the Pay TV network which is screening Spartacus and will co-produce Torchwood.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, is a former HBO chief whose in-house team developed The Sopranos, Sex and the City, The Wire and Six Feet Under.
NY Magazine notes, “Assuming the right real-life inspiration can be found quickly, a script could be ready well before the end of the year. If Albrecht likes what he sees on the page, insiders say he’s prepared to eschew the usual pilot stage for Underbelly, and go straight to series.”
The Aussie series has been airing on US satellite service DirecTV which even kicked off with A Tale of Two Cities, just to run it chronologically. One US reviewer said of it, “That series, winner of both Logie (low-brow) and Australian Film Institute (high-brow) awards for best television drama, has told stories of dealers, police officers and politicians covering the late 1970s to about 2004,” it notes. “The show has been compared to The Sopranos, but based on the first few episodes of A Tale of Two Cities it’s more like Traffic with copious nudity.”
Next up: Channel Nine to remake Rome and set it in Broadmeadows?