Greg Kinnear attached to US adaptation of Rake

By David Knox on October 2, 2012 / Filed Under News, Top Stories 6

Another Australian series looks headed for American development, with ABC legal drama Rake eyeing an adaptation with Greg Kinnear.

Kinnear is attached to star in the role made famous by Richard Roxburgh and co-executive produce the project, with House executive producer Paul Attanasio.

The Australian team, co-creators Peter Duncan, Roxburgh and Ian Collie will also executive produce with Duncan set to write the script.

Deadline reports in an unusual move, the Sony Pictures TV-produced project is currently being shopped to both broadcast and cable networks all major broadcast nets are taking the pitch, but it is not clear whether the show will end up on network or cable.

TV Tonight understands the deal is still being finalised with Sony Pictures TV with Australian producers currently in the US.

With no sign of slowing down, this week ABC confirmed it is proceeding with a third season of escapades for criminal barrister Cleaver Greene.

While many have tried, only a few Australian creations have progressed to series in the US such as Wilfred, Prisoner, Kath and Kim and Sit Down, Shut Up while a few more including Underbelly, Neighbours, Summer Heights High and Angry Boys have had original productions air on cable TV.

Greg Kinnear earned an Oscar nomination for As Good As It Gets and Emmy nominations for The Kennedys and a guest role on Modern Family.


  1. Dayman October 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm -

    Why not remake it with Richard Roxburgh?

  2. Nathan October 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm -

    They had a Rake type show it was called Boston Legal.

  3. Madame Tango October 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm -

    I can’t see the point of remaking it – did they remake Summer Heights High? But having said that, Kinnear is a pretty good choice.

  4. TasTVcameraman October 3, 2012 at 7:41 am -

    Why not just show the Australian series ?

  5. NicH October 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm -

    They’ll probably ‘Episode’ this up.

  6. nik c October 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm -

    Hope the ABC gets a good royalty payment.
    Not sure if it needs to be remade, but the US TV networks never seem to educate the US public that other accents and countries make great dramas too!?!

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