Fox Buys Detective Drama Based On Australian Miniseries ‘Jack Irish’

Fox is taking a spin on the crime drama genre with Jack Irish, an adaptation of the 2012 Australian mini-series starring Guy Pearce, which in turn was based on the detective novels by Peter Temple. (watch a trailer for the mini below.) Written by Seamus Kevin Fahey (The Following) and produced by 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment, the adaptation centers on Jack Irish, a part-time lawyer, debt collector, and apprentice cabinet maker, who is getting his life back together after the murder of his wife. Through his cases, he, more often than not, finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, uncovering much larger things at play. Anna Fricke (Being Human), who is under an overall deal at 20th TV, will serve as showrunner on the project, which has received a script commitment with penalty from the network. She and Fahey executive produce with peter Chernin and Katherine Pope. Also executive producing are Chris Hilton, Ian Collie and Simonne Overend of Essential Media and Entertainment, the Australian production company behind the original mini, which also produced another Aussie series that got a Fox remake, Rake. Seamus is repped by UTA, Underground, and Bruce Gellman; Fricke is repped by UTA and Patti Felker.

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