Foxtel has green-lit a six-part miniseries based on Joan Lindsay's classic novel "Picnic at Hanging Rock".
The story, made internationally famous by Peter Weir's 1975 film, follows the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day 1900 and the far-reaching aftermath.
The series is currently in pre-production. FreemandleMedia Australia are producing and Screen Australia has provided production investment.
Foxtel Head of Drama Penny Win said: “We are very proud to commission this exciting television event drama exclusively for Foxtel subscribers. Like many others, I am a fan of the 1975 Australian film which was pivotal in establishing the modern Australian film industry. This series, based on the classic novel, will take viewers on a new and in depth journey into this incredibly iconic Australian story."
Screen Australia Chief Executive Office Graeme Mason said: “Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of the true icons of the Australian film industry, having launched careers for the likes of Jacki Weaver and John Jarratt. The opportunity to again see this mythic tale on screens for a whole new generation was irresistible".
Picnic at Hanging Rock will premiere on Foxtel’s showcase channel in 2017.