Skinhead Classic That Launched Russell Crowe's Career to Become Series for Aussie Streamer

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'Romper Stomper' is being reimagined for TV by the film's creator, Geoffrey Wright.

Romper Stomper, the controversial 1992 Australian feature that cemented Russell Crowe as a star for his turn as violent neo-Nazi skinhead Hando, is being reimagined by creator Geoffrey Wright as a series.

Production on the limited-run series, planned for 2018, gets underway this week for Australian streaming service Stan, jointly owned by the Nine TV network and publisher Fairfax Media, with Jacqueline Mackenzie and Dan Wyllie reprising their roles from the original film. David Wenham, Lachy Hulme and newcomer Toby Wallace will also star.

The high stakes crime drama/political thriller explores the human face of extremism, picking up on the prescient themes and story of Wright’s classic film, following a new generation of the activist right, its anti-fascist counterparts and the multicultural fabric of a country that they threaten to tear apart.

“With such an extraordinary creative team, Romper Stomper will be as provocative now as the film was in 1992, examining at a personal level the hatred, fear, vengeance and politics hidden in plain sight all around us," said Stan’s chief content officer, Nick Forward. "Stan is privileged to bring Geoffrey’s prodigious talents to bear on a contemporary exploration of the themes his film tackled so brilliantly.”

The six-episode hourlong drama is written by Wright, New Zealand director James Napier Robertson, author, poet and rapper Omar Musa and award-winning journalist and author Malcolm Knox. Daina Reid (Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS) will direct alongside Wright and Robertson.

Romper Stomper is produced by veteran TV producer John Edwards and Dan Edwards for Roadshow Rough Diamond, a division of Village Roadshow, with major production investment from Stan and Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria. DCD Rights is handling international sales. 

Reimagining classic Australian films for a new generation of TV audiences has become something of a trend down under in the last 12 months. Network Ten will screen its remake of 1971 outback thriller Wake in Fright later this year; pay network Foxtel and FremantleMedia are in production on Picnic at Hanging Rock, based on Joan Lindsay’s novel and Peter Weir’s 1974 hit film; and Stan recently announced a second season of Wolf Creek from Greg McLean.

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