The drama series, which is adapted from Australian bestselling author Jane Harper‘s novel, will be spearheaded by Tony Ayres Productions, backed by Matchbox Pictures and Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.
The Survivors unfolds in a Tasmanian seaside town, delving into the repercussions of unresolved grief. Ayres, serving as show-runner, executive producer, and writer, leads the executive production team, including Andrea Denholm, Matt Vitins, Cherie Nowlan, and Harper. Directors for the series include Nowlan and Ben C Lucas.
The writing team comprises Tony Ayres, Belinda Chayko, Christian White, Peter Templeman, and Alberto Di Troia. The series will be produced by Andy Walker.
Principal photography for the series is slated to take place in 2024, with development, production, and post-production activities taking place in Victoria.
The production is anticipated to generate job opportunities for 110 Tasmanian cast and crew, along with an estimated 720 extras. It will also generate over 200 jobs in Victoria.
Victorian Minister for the Arts Colin Books said the series is “part of our ongoing work to boost Victoria’s profile as a global screen powerhouse”.
Netflix director of content Australia and New Zealand, Que Minh Luu, said, “We’re excited to join forces with Tony Ayres Productions, bringing Jane Harper’s acclaimed book The Survivors to life as a gripping crime-mystery limited series that delves into the complex themes of unresolved grief through a uniquely Australian lens.”
Executive producer Matt Vitins said the series would present an Australian narrative to international audiences, “Our production model will access incredible Tasmanian locations; and state-of-the-art Victorian facilities and post-production infrastructure.”
Netflix has pledged $100,000 to support attachments for emerging Tasmanian and Victorian screen practitioners on the production. The initiative aims to provide hands-on experience and foster career growth across various departments.
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