Crime hit to head to TV
MELBOURNE crime drama Animal Kingdom is set to become a TV series – most likely set in the US. The multi awardwinning film is to be turned into a series by network Showtime. It is understood Animal Kingdom director David Michod will serve as producer alongside director John Wells. The series will depict the Cody clan’s crime empire and police efforts to rein them in. Details are scarce, with no word on whether Animal Kingdom will be shot in its original Melbourne setting or if the location will be altered. Animal Kingdom won a whopping 18 Australian Film Institute awards and the dramatic jury prize winner for world cinema at the Sundance Film Festival. Jacki Weaver (pictured) was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Janine ‘Smurf’ Cody, based on Melbourne crime matriarch Kath Pettingill.
Animal Kingdom: Coming in 2012, Showtime