Shine Australia looks to be making the move from reality and factual entertainment to scripted drama with a mini-series around late INXS singer Michael Hutchence.
The four-hour project – reportedly commissioned by Seven – is the third currently in the works around the famed singer who died in 1997.
Shine, which is also behind reality series The Voice, Masterchef and The Biggest Loser, declined to comment.
US film and TV industry news site Deadline, report the series with the working title Never Tear Us Apart: The INXS Story is scheduled to begin shooting in Melbourne mid next year.
Already in the works are two biopics. Michael, written and directed by Richard Lowenstein who directed Hutchence in the film Dogs in Space as well as music videos Need You Tonight and Never Tear Us Apart has received funding from Screen Australia.
Another film, Two Worlds Colliding written by Robert Galinsky, adapted from a novel Just A Man – The Real Michael Hutchence by Hutchence’s sister and mother is currently in script stage and will secure cast and a director in 2013. Galinsky’s story, produced by Suzy Marovski and Trevor Ray Field, will aim to garner a mainstream audience, like Ray or Walk the Line.
However, with the pace of TV production, Shine’s mini-series may beat both films to the screen.