No return for Return to Eden
Nine has shelved plans to remake 1980s miniseries Return to Eden, despite being trumpeted as part of its 2013 drama slate.
The U-turn appears to be the casualty of Nine’s recent declaration to trim network costs with Fairfax reporting it was a financial decision.
“We won’t be proceeding with it at this time,” a Nine spokeswoman said.
The campy melodrama, about a businesswoman attacked by a crocodile, was to be rebooted by original producers Hal and Di McElroy as a six hour miniseries.
Nine’s other drama projects include House Husbands, Underbelly: Squizzy, Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story, Schapelle, a bio-project on Gina Rinehart, a rumoured new Underbelly for 2014 and a Gallipoli miniseries for 2015.
Andrew Backwell, Nine’s Director of Programming and Production, recently told TV Tonight of its 2013 projects, “We plan to have them all on screen this year.
“That’s the plan and I’m pretty confident we’ll have them all on this year.”
But Nine is not alone in having to re-think its annual production slate in recent years.
Seven cancelled plans to proceed with Australia’s Got Talent and The Marriage Ref while TEN cancelled Don’t Stop Believin’ and Inside Out in 2011, Foxtel shelved Got to Dance Australia while SBS abandoned its Dusty miniseries last year. Nine also did not proceed with Dance Nation and The Games.
But central to Nine’s statement is its wording that it will not proceed “at this time.”
That means it hasn’t ruled out revisiting the project should finances allow…