FOX orders Rake pilot

rake_90FOX has ordered the US adaptation of Rake to pilot stage, which is great news for local producers Essential Media.

The US version stars Greg Kinnear in the role of a brilliant but self-destructive criminal defence lawyer, made famous by Richard Roxburgh. He will be renamed from Cleaver Greene to Keegan Joye.

The Hollywood Reporter describes him as “Brilliant, frustratingly charming, and with zero filter, Joye is one of life’s great addicts. His staggering lack of discretion and inability to self-censor land him the cases that nobody else wants, but behind that lies a resolute optimism and belief in justice that fuel his dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption.

“In addition to Joye’s cases within the justice system, the show follows his personal trials and tribulations, including his ongoing battle against the IRS, his mounting debt to his bookie, overlapping affairs and liaisons with women, a hormonal son, an exhausted ex-wife and the evolving relationship between his two married best friends, Ben and Scarlett.”

In addition to creator Peter Duncan, Rescue Me‘s Peter Tolan and 2012‘s Michael Wimer as producers, Richard Roxburgh and Ian Collie from Essential Media are also EPs, along with Greg Kinnear.

Rake is being produced by Sony Pictures Television, Fedora Entertainment and Essential Media.

It will also be distributed by Sony which has no output deal in the Australian market, meaning the show could potentially wind up anywhere on local TV if it proceeds to series.

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