Australian pay TV broadcaster Foxtel is pushing forward with a six-hour biopic about local mining magnate Lang Hancock.
The House of Hancock, which is in development at producer Screentime, will be based primarily on Adele Ferguson’s biography Gina Rinehart and explore Hancock’s life and the dawn of an Australian dynasty.
Foxtel has now pushed Screentime into advanced development on the project with a view to a six-part miniseries.
Screentime previously announced it was in development on the series in February.
Meanwhile, Screentime has begin production on the latest installment of the Underbelly crime drama for Nine Network.
Underbelly: Badness, the fifth incantation of the show, is set between 2001 and 2011 and follows the web of criminality spun by Anthony Perish and the quest by a team of police officers to bring him to justice.
Starring Jonathan LaPaglia, Matt Nable, Josh Quong Tart, Aaron Jeffery, Ben Winspear, Leeanna Walsman and Jodi Gordon, Underbelly: Badness is an eight-part mini-series written by Peter Gawler, Felicity Packard, Jeff Truman and Niki Aken.
Screentime’s Des Monaghan and Greg Haddrick are the executive producers, along with producers Gawler and Elisa Argenzio.
Nine Network’s Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan are also executive producers.