ABC3 sci fi series Resistance cancelled

By David Knox on July 11, 2013 / Filed Under News 3

2013-07-11_0034It was announced with great fanfare, as a $14m kid’s sci-fi -the biggest series ABC3 had ever commissioned.

The 26 episode series Resistance was to be filmed in South Australia as an Australian-Canadian co-production.

But the project by Persistence Productions and Canada’s Shaftsebury Films is no more.

The series produced by Andrew Dillon and Geoff Bennett was originally due to begin a 23-week shoot in October 2011, as the first major production for South Australia’s new $48m Adelaide Studios complex. It was later trimmed down with hopes to begin production earlier this year.

An ABC spokesperson told TV Tonight, “The Producer and ABC TV have agreed not to move forward with the commissioning of the Resistance project.

“South Australia will continue to be a production hub for ABC TV, and is currently the home of the second series of Dream Build, Behind The News and Great Expectations which premieres this Friday. Recent productions also include Dream Build series one, Maggies’ Christmas Feast, Poh’s Kitchen Lends a hand, Poh’s Kitchen on the Road and Poh’s Kitchen.

The Adelaide Studios only attracted $100,000 of commercial work in their first year but is currently home to upcoming TEN series Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures and will be home to ANZAC Girls.

Resistance funding from the South Australian Film Corporation was re-allocated.

3 Comments »

  1. Sydney2K July 11, 2013 at 10:30 pm -

    Disappointing; the ABC have a great track record in children’s productions, and exporting this to international markets would have made this money well spent.

  2. shazz July 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm -

    Probably for the best. That kind of budget needs to go on an adult program – how about an adult oriented scif-fi series!!

  3. Armchair Analyst July 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm -

    Well thats a kick in the nuts.

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