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Pop to Air Australian Horror Series 'Wolf Creek'
Pop is getting into the horror business.
The network will debut its third-ever scripted series with six-part miniseries Wolf Creek on Friday, Oct. 14. Based on the cult classic movie, the show originally aired in Australia and stars John Jarratt and Lucy Fry.
Jarratt reprises his movie role as the murdering psychopath Mick Taylor, wreaking havoc in the Australian Outback. But the television version will turn the entire genre on its head when a 19-year-old American college student, played by Fry, survives the massacre of her parents and little brother and sets out to hunt down the killer and avenge her family.
“Wolf Creek is holy !#@$! scary!” said executive producer Greg McLean. “The television series delivers the same pulse-pounding tension and terror of the films combined with a storyline that evolves into a suspense-filled, character-driven psychological thriller. In many ways, Wolf Creek is more like a Western — set in the untamed, desolate landscape of the Australian Outback, with gritty characters and an immersive story of revenge and good versus evil.”
“Wolf Creek is a binge-worthy, premium revenge tale that we are thrilled to bring fans at the perfect time of the year,” said Brad Schwartz, president of Pop. “To turn everything you expect from a horror film around and hunt the psychopath through a strong and singularly-focused female protagonist is thrilling to watch. It is probably the scariest series to ever premiere on basic cable and will have viewers hooked 13:40 minutes into the first episode.”
The story of Wolf Creek begins when an American family is on vacation in Northern Australia and becomes the unsuspecting prey of Mick Taylor, a sadistic serial killer who hunts and kills tourists in the Outback. The sole survivor is Eve Thorogood, a college student, who vows to bring the killer to justice or die in the attempt. The series will reveal her complex and extraordinary journey, traveling every step of the way as she evolves from child to adult, from prey to predator.
The series is produced by Lionsgate Television and Zodiak Rights (a Banijay Group company), in association with Emu Creek Pictures and financed with the assistance of Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation.