2012 has been a quiet year for Drama production in the Pay TV arena.
After the success of 2011 with Cloudstreet, Tangle, Small Time Gangster and Killing Time (ok that was filmed a year earlier) we’ve really only had Conspiracy 365, Dripping in Chocolate and not much else. Presumably this is because of uncertainty this year with so many changes in the Foxtel / Austar merger.
Wentworth, the Prisoner-inspired “reimagining” was originally set for 2012, but a few weeks ago when SoHo was announced, Foxtel had quietly adjusted the launch to 2013.
Today Penny Win, Channel Manager of SoHo confirms, “Wentworth is our contemporary re-imagining of Prisoner, focusing on the central character of Bea Smith. The series is in pre-production with FremantleMedia’s Head of Drama Jo Porter helming the development along with Amanda Crittenden as series producer and co-creator Lara Radulovich as script producer.
“The casting process is underway this month and the shoot will commence in Melbourne later this year for launch in 2013.”
I’m still very excited by the prospect of Wentworth -but also very nervous about what it’s trying to achieve. Good luck to all who sail in her!