The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code will form the basis of the new project, Secret City, to be produced by Matchbox Pictures (The Slap, Devil’s Playground, Old School).
It will be adapted for screen by writers Belinda Chayko, Matt Cameron, Marieke Hardy, Alice Addison, Tommy Murphy, Kris Mrksa and Greg Waters, and producer Joanna Werner (Dance Academy) for Foxtel.
“We are delighted and excited by the news,” Steve Lewis said. “We have been working with scriptwriters from Matchbox Pictures for more than a year and believe they are developing a mini-series of international quality. And Foxtel has fast gained a reputation for making some of the best and most innovative drama produced in Australia.
“The team at HarperCollins gave us a great opportunity when they took the risk of publishing our first book,” Chris Uhlmann said. “Three years and two books on it’s hard to imagine a better result than having the story turned into a mini-series. And I hope it will help change the way Australia sees Canberra.”
Tony Abbott launched the duo’s latest novel The Mandarin Code at Parliament House this morning.