Worthington’s production company FullClip has previously been announced as co-producing with Matchbox Pictures on the story of journalists during WWI, but until now he had not been confirmed to perform a role.
The project to coincide with 100th anniversary of events surrounding World War I, will commence production in South Australia mid-2014.
The Gallipoli Story focuses on the team of journalists who were embedded at Gallipoli during the First World War and how they triggered the decision to end the Gallipoli campaign. It will explore the story of their relationships with the young soldiers sent to Gallipoli to fight, their growing realisation that British command was tragically unprepared for the campaign and their efforts to get their stories out, despite a brutal censorship regime.
Australia’s Charles Bean, Phillip Schuler, Keith Murdoch and Britain’s colourful Ellis Ashmead Bartlett, are all central figures in the drama. Joining Sam Worthington as executive producers are Penny Chapman, of Matchbox Pictures; John Schwarz of FullClip; and Penny Win, Foxtel’s Commissioning Editor of Drama.
The project has a formidable writing team: Jacquelin Perske (Love My Way, Little Fish), Shaun Grant (Snowtown), Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean, Tomorrow When The War Began) and Cate Shortland (The Slap, The Devil’s Playground, Somersault) while US based Australian director Michael Rymer (American Horror Story, The Killing, Longmire, Hannibal, Battlestar Gallactica, Angel Baby) will direct.
“South Australia, with its beautiful limestone coasts, is the perfect place to film our series. This is one of the most compelling stories I’ve ever been involved with and I’m thrilled to be working with Michael and the guys from FullClip. This is a young man’s vision of truth and war. It’s an original angle on our national legend,” said Penny Chapman.
Nine also has a Gallipoli miniseries for 2015 while ABC has ANZAC Girls next year.