Streaming service Stan today announced the commission of its next Stan Original series: WOLF CREEK, which goes into production today.
Ten years since the release of the hugely successful feature film Wolf Creek, creator Greg McLean and star John Jarratt return to give audiences a new take on the legend of Mick Taylor.
Wolf Creek, a six-part drama series, is a psychological thriller set in the world that fans of the films will recognise – but this time things are different. At first the pattern is familiar: Mick Taylor targets an American tourist family to terrorise and destroy. But the tables are turned when 19-year-old Eve survives the massacre and starts to rebuild her shattered existence by embarking on a mission of revenge.
Australian Lucy Fry, known to international audiences for Vampire Academy and Mako: Island of Secrets, will star in the lead role of Eve. Currently based in Los Angeles, Fry will be seen in a string of US film and TV roles next year, including the highly anticipated TV adaptation of Stephen King’s 11/22/63 alongside James Franco and the thriller 6 Miranda Drive directed by Greg McLean. She also stars in the upcoming Australian feature film Now Add Honey with Portia De Rossi.
John Jarratt (Wolf Creek 1 & 2, The Last Outlaw, Picnic at Hanging Rock) will reprise his role as Mick Taylor, alongside an outstanding cast including Dustin Clare (Strike Back, Anzac Girls, Spartacus: War of the Damned), Deborah Mailman (Offspring, Redfern Now, The Sapphires), Miranda Tapsell (Love Child, Redfern Now, The Sapphires), Jessica Tovey (Wonderland, Dance Academy, Home & Away), Jake Ryan (Wentworth, Fat Tony & Co, Underbelly: Razor) and Richard Cawthorne (Catching Milat, Fat Tony & Co., Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms).
Nick Forward, Stan’s Content and Product Director, said: “Wolf Creek is a truly world-class production featuring international-calibre talent and helmed by two of Australia’s finest directors, Greg McLean and Tony Tilse. We can’t wait to bring this new Stan Original series exclusively to our subscribers next year.”
Creator and Executive Producer, Greg McLean, said: “I am thrilled to be collaborating with Stan and the Screentime team to bring Wolf Creek to audiences around the world. I’m excited to work with such a talented group of individuals and delve deeper into the dangerous world and character of Mick Taylor, once again portrayed by John Jarratt.”
Wolf Creek is a Screentime (a Banijay Group company) production in association with Emu Creek Pictures, financed with the assistance of Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation. International sales are being handled by Banijay International. Peter Gawler and Felicity Packard are the writers on the series, which is directed by Tony Tilse and Greg McLean, and produced by Peter Gawler and Elisa Argenzio. The executive producers are Greg Haddrick and Greg McLean with Jo Rooney, Andy Ryan, Nick Forward and Rob Gibson.
Emmanuelle Namiech, Managing Director, Banijay International, said: “Wolf Creek is a unique event- scripted series with high-quality talent in front of and behind the camera. We are proud to launch our drama strategy with this successful franchise.”
Graeme Mason, CEO of Screen Australia, added: “This is an incredibly exciting time to be in TV and we commend Stan for committing to such a high production value, completely Australian-made series. Screen Australia support underpins 50 per cent of all narrative Australian TV content and we are delighted that Wolf Creek represents our first made-for-streaming commercial commission. Wolf Creek is a must-see for 2016.”
The series will be shot in South Australia, featuring striking Outback landscapes.
South Australian Minister for the Arts, Mr Jack Snelling, said: “We are delighted to again secure the local production for Wolf Creek. South Australia has outstanding locations, talented cast and crew, and a government committed to supporting local production and creating jobs in the screen production industry.”
The 6 x 1-hour series will premiere exclusively on Stan in mid-2016, with all episodes made available at once, making Wolf Creek a binge-watch TV event that will thrill viewers in Australia and around the world.