Underbelly Kiwi-style

Screentime is exploring the possibility of a New Zealand adaptation of Underbelly.

The production company has received $20,000 from broadcast funding agency NZ On Air to investigate whether the project is feasible.

“We are in the very early stages of talks with TV3. It’s very much in the inception stages,” Screentime executive director and head of production Philly de Lacey told the NZ Herald.

The Underbelly format of ‘violence and sexy gangsters’ has already been applied to other criminal cases for the Nine Network including the upcoming Tell Them Lucifer Was Here.

An American adaptation is also in the works for the Starz Network.

Canterbury University criminologist Dr Greg Newbold has suggested NZ drug dealer Wayne Beri, Bassett Rd machine gun murderer Ron Jorgensen, and prison escaper George Wilder could be potential characters, but pointed out that NZ police lacks the same corruption as the Australian series.

Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities
featured convicted murderer Terry “Mr. Asia” Clark who was NZ born.

Source: New Zealand Herald


  1. “…but pointed out that NZ police lacks the same corruption as the Australian series” – I may be cynical but I reckon they just haven’t been caught yet…

  2. Inderbilly… the gingsters who tirrorise fush and chup shop owners out of all their hard-earned cish.

    Or maybe it’s a reality program focusing on the big fat white guys who can’t see under their bellies. Maybe it’s a weight loss program designed to reintroduce these guys to their meat and two spud so to speak 😉

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