Nine enters Lawyer X drama
Another drama announced on the notorious case of lawyer turned police informer.
Nine has confirmed commissioning a new drama project, Informer 3838, based on the life of lawyer Nicola Gobbo.
The news comes 6 weeks after Foxtel also announced plans for a series on the Melbourne gangland lawyer-turned-police informer.
Screentime will produce the series for Nine. Although actors from previous Underbelly seasons could reprise characters the series will not be known as part of the Underbelly franchise (NB: Nine previously produced Underbelly Files dramas to accommodate funding rules which limit subsequent seasons).
But it could be a race to the screen with Foxtel announcing its own Lawyer X drama in February. It was Herald Sun journos who uncovered the story of Gobbo.
“We believe it’s a story that will travel and it’s the sort of story that requires the investment level of international players,” Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh told TV Tonight.
“I think it will be a significant and substantial series for television and I’m very confident we will be attracting some very big international names both on and behind the camera.”
Filming of the Nine drama will commence in Melbourne later this year.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews ordered a Royal Commission following revelations of the case.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald