Nine is set to premiere its first Underbelly Files telemovie, Tell Them Lucifer Was Here, soon.
Written by Peter Gawler and directed by Shawn Seet, it dramatises the 1998 murders of Victorian police officers, Gary Silk and Rod Miller.
The cast includes Todd Lasance (Home and Away, CloudStreet), Brett Climo (All Saints, The Elephant Princess, The Flying Doctors), Jane Allsop (Blue Heelers), Paul O’Brien (Home and Away), Greg Stone (Blue Heelers, Marshall Law), Jeremy Kewley (Stingers, Janus), Annie Jones (Neighbours, City Homicide), and Dimitri Baveas.
Screentime shot three telemovies back to back but Nine is expected to roll the first one soon.
Nine’s Head of Drama Jo Horsburgh recently told TV Tonight, “It’s not an extension of an Underbelly series. It’s produced by ScreenTime and the approach is certainly based on real crime. So all the research is the same sort of rigour that goes through the Underbelly series and the same approach of dealing with contemporary stories -stories that Australians relate to, about Australian characters. That’s still the nature of the beast.”
If it takes off, could Nine shift from the idea of Underbelly 4 to more telemovies?