Seven has commissioned a four hour drama Never Tear Us Apart: The INXS Story from Shine Australia.
It will represent Shine’s first foray into scripted drama.
Deadline reports shooting is due to start in Melbourne in mid-2013 and the producers have started searching for actors in their late teens or early 20s to play Michael Hutchence, Jon, Tim and Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Gary Beers, plus their manager Chris Murphy.
The move comes at a time when there are two biopics also in development.
Producers Trevor Ray Field and Suzy Markovski and screenwriter/executive producer Robert Lewis Galinsky are preparing Two Worlds Colliding, based on the book Just A Man – The Real Michael Hutchence by Huchence’s sister Tina and his mother, Patricia Glassop.
Meanwhile Screen Australia is also funding the development of Michael with producer Sue Murray and writer- director Richard Lowenstein, based on the latter’s work with Hutchence and the band and interviews with his siblings.
While getting the project completed first would seem to decide the front runner here, surely it all hinges around which project has the rights to the INXS catalogue…