FX announces first local drama, Mr. Inbetween.

Nash Edgerton to direct new hitman drama based on 2005 Aussie film The Magician.

Director Nash Edgerton will executive produce FX’s first-ever local commission, Mr Inbetween.

The 6 x 30 minute drama series to be produced by Jungle (Here Come the Habibs, The Moody’s, No Activity) and Blue-Tongue Films (The Gift, Wish You Were Here, The Square) is part of an ongoing commitment to bring more local content to FX.

The series is based on the 2005 feature film The Magician, by Scott Ryan who is series writer.

It follows the charismatic, yet volatile hitman Ray Shoesmith, who must navigate his chilling business while also maintaining friendships, parental responsibilities and a fledgling romance.

“I couldn’t be more excited about sharing with the world more of Scott Ryan’s dangerously fun character, Ray Shoesmith, with the help of FX, Jungle and producer Michele Bennett,” said Edgerton.

“I totally love Scott Ryan’s scripts. It’s an intense drama and the many brilliantly written comedic scenes break it up beautifully. I can’t wait to see Nash bring it to life,” said Jason Burrows, Executive Producer, Jungle.

“As part of the FX ‘fearless’ ethos, we’ve chosen creative partners who inherently believe in the FX brand and can bring to the channel their own distinctive original tone and voice. Mr Inbetween is the perfect fit. We’ve brokered a development collaboration with the FX US team leaning in to their expertise for nurturing quality talent and curating truly original, commanding and compelling TV. So far, so good,” said Jacqui Feeney ANZ MD of Fox Networks Group.

Casting will be announced soon and production will begin in Sydney mid July. It is expected to air in 2018.

Mr In Between is a Jungle and Blue-Tongue Films production for FX Australia. The series is directed by Nash Edgerton, written by Scott Ryan and produced by Michele Bennett. Executive producers are Jason Burrows, Nash Edgerton and Chloe Rickard. International distribution will be handled by Fox Networks Group, London.

The series is financed with the assistance of Screen Australia, as part of their multi-platform drama program supporting projects that push the envelope of fiction storytelling, as well as Screen NSW.

“We are so pleased to see Nash Edgerton returning to Australia for his television directorial debut,” said Mike Cowap, Investment Manager of Multiplatform at Screen Australia. “More than a decade has passed since we met Scott Ryan’s deadpan hit-man Ray Shoesmith and who better to bring this story to the small screen than the prolific team at Jungle – renowned savvy filmmakers who will add depth to this story world by enabling audiences to connect with additional content through an array of social media platforms.”

Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey commented, “Nash is such great home-grown talent. We’ve seen him grow from a stellar career as a top international stuntman to being a passionate generator of creative content which he is bringing home to produce here in NSW.”

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