TVT Vault: 2017 Upfronts: Warnie

Before Nine's bio-drama, Seven announced its own Shane Warne drama but never proceeded.

Back in 2017 Seven announced a biopic around Shane Warne.

Warnie was announced at the same time as Paul Hogan and Olivia Newton-John drama projects, which struggled for the network and doubtless turned them off proceeding with the Warne drama.
Interestingly it was to be produced by Screentime, which has produced the Nine miniseries, with the same writer.

An excerpt from Upfronts 2017: Seven highlights originally published October 16 2016:

Shane Warne is a walking tabloid headline. Women, parties, women, high-life and women. He loved being married but couldn’t help himself. And as he rolled from scandal to scandal he was also, through all this, the greatest cricketer of his generation. Warnie explores the paradox that is the most admired, criticised and publicised Australian sportsman of the century. Written by Matt Ford, produced by Kerrie Mainwaring and executive produced by Rory Callaghan and Julie McGauran, Warnie is a Screentime, a Banijay Group company, production for Seven, made with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

But the project was subsequently criticised by Warne himself.

Then-Seven CEO Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner later said, “We’re really looking forward to it. It’s very early days with the first draft of a treatment. So we’re at a point where we will know soon, after that work’s completed, whether or not we need 2 actors to play Young Shane or ‘Older and Wiser Shane.’”

Asked if Seven spoke to Warne before announcing the project Worner said, “No.’

“I think I saw something on Twitter. He’s a bit of a fan of the old Twitter.”

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