The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has given the greenlight to Troppo, a new Oz-set crime series starring Thomas Jane (The Expanse).
Jocelyn Moorhouse, director of the Cate Blanchett-led series Stateless, has come on board to helm the eight-part series. Yolanda Ramke (Netflix’s Cargo) is writing the show based on Candice Fox’s bestselling novel Crimson Lake, the first in Fox’s Detective Ted Conkaffey series.
Jane will play Detective Conkaffey, an ex-cop accused of a disturbing crime who tries to find a safe haven in the outback of Far North Queensland. Instead, he again becomes entangled in a local private investigations agency and, together with his new partner Amanda Pharrell, sets out to solve a mysterious death.
ABC in Australia will co-finance Troppo together with Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, and AGC Television, the small-screen division of Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios.
Production on the series is set to kick off in Queensland in July with EQ Media Group and Beyond Productions producing. ABC will take Australian rights to the show, and will premiere Troppo on its linear network and on streamer ABC iview later this year. AGC Studios is handling rights in the rest of the world.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Thomas Jane to our shores and can’t wait to see him and the talented team at EQ Media Group and Beyond Productions bring this gripping series to life,” said ABC Head of Scripted Production Sally Riley in a statement.
Added EQ Media CEO Greg Quail: “EQ Media and Beyond Entertainment are excited to be bringing together Australia’s national broadcaster and screen agencies with the powerhouse that is AGC Studios, to ensure that Troppo has the creative and financial backbone to deliver on Candice’s story and Yolanda’s vision. We look forward to producing this premium drama for audiences globally to enjoy.”
Executive producers on Troppo are AGC’s Ford and Lourdes Diaz; EQ Media’s Simonne Overend and Lisa Duff; Beyond Productions’ David Ogilvy; ABC’s Andrew Gregory; ans Thomas Jane, and Courtney Lauren Penn through their Renegade production shingle.