Posie Graeme-Evans, the creator of long-running Australian drama McLeod’s Daughters shared news with fans of the show yesterday that a long-anticipated reboot of the franchise could be coming:
“We’re developing a feature film,” Graeme-Evans posted on social media, revealing a project was in development with independent film distributor Transmission Films and Screen Tasmania.
“It’s called The McLeods of Drovers Run and I started writing the story a couple of months ago. Today we heard that we’ve got backing from Screen Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government to write the very first stage of the movie. This is such a vote of confidence in McLeods. And I promise, as we develop the story with the very talented screen writer Emma Jensen (Mary Shelley and the upcoming release, I am Woman – the Helen Reddy story) that I’ll keep you with us every step of the way. We’re just at the beginning, the very beginning, but we’re on our way. No promises but I have such a good feeling about this.”
Speaking to The Mercury’s Linda Smith, Graeme-Evans added from her Tasmanian farm near Cygnet:
“It’s insane,’’ she said of the hype around The McLeods of Drovers Run movie.
“I’m stunned by the response, it’s just astonishing – it’s a tidal wave. I’m also very grateful.’’
Smith reported the film will be set in Scotland – as viewers meet the original drover of Droversq Run from the 1850s – with Graeme-Evans hopeful those scenes could be filmed in Tasmania.