It seems like in recent years, television has been looking to the silver screen to find grand stories to tell. Ever since Friday Night Lights became a cult hit, networks have picked up all sorts of television projects based on motion pictures. In the next few months, we will see new series based on The Firm and Napoleon Dynamite, not to mention the purchasing of the rights to such movies as The Kids Are All Right, Zombieland and Anger Management. Now the Australian Oscar nominee Animal Kingdom will be the latest film to hit television screens.
The 2010 film from David Michod tells the story of a teenager who must move in with his criminal family after his mother dies. The film starred James Frecheville, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce and Jacki Weaver, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role as the group’s mother and leader, Janine “Smurf” Cody.
John Wells, the showrunner for Showtime’s Shameless has signed on as an executive producer, as has Michod. Johnathan Lisco, writer for Southland, has signed on to write the pilot.