Casting is underway on Seven’s Paul Hogan drama to be produced by FremantleMedia.
The project is described as “the intimate story of how an Aussie tradie from the wrong-side-of-the-tracks evolves into an Oscar-nominated superstar. It will explore the factors that shaped the success of Paul Hogan – and at what cost this success might have come.”
Kevin Carlin (Wentworth, Molly) will direct while the script is by Keith Thompson (The Sapphires) and Marieke Hardy (Packed To The Rafters, The Family Law).
Seven’s Head of Drama, Julie McGauran, said, “From INXS and Milat to Peter Allen and soon Molly, Seven is proud to tell compelling Australian stories. The Paul Hogan project will be a celebration of a beloved icon; an Aussie battler with a larrikin heart who experienced an unexpected, unprecedented rise to international stardom.”
FMA’s Director of Drama and Executive Producer, Jo Porter, said, “In Kevin, Keith and Marieke we have the perfect combination of creative talent to explore this complex, smart man who helped define Australia’s identity, first on our local television screens and then on the worlds cinematic stage. It is going to be a revealing, heartwarming story that will really get audiences talking. We are extremely grateful to the support of Screen Australia and Screen Queensland in bringing this to life.”
Screen Australia and Screen Queensland are both investors in the project, which differs from another in contention by Endemol Shine Australia for the Nine Network. The latter is helmed by producer John Edwards with writer Christopher Lee, who penned the Packer projects featuring a young John ‘Strop’ Cornell.
Shooting on the FremantleMedia project is set to commence early next year.