Aussie actor Luke Arnold, who’s starring in Michael Bay’s pirate adventure Black Sails, is in negotiations to play late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence in Never Tear Us Apart: The INXS Story. Shine Australia is producing for Oz’s Seven Network. The two-part, four-hour saga traces the band’s rise and the aftermath of Hutchence’s 1997 death. Shooting is slated for Melbourne later this year. Arnold is currently in Cape Town playing Long John Silver in Starz‘ eight-episode Black Sails that’s set 20 years before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. He’s repped by WME, Caliber Media and LMCM in Australia.
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
EXCLUSIVE: While two Australian producers are developing biopics of INXS and the band’s late frontman Michael Hutchence, a TV miniseries may just steal their thunder. The Seven Network has commissioned Shine Australia to produce Never Tear Us Apart: The INXS Story, a four-hour saga. The project hasn’t been formally announced but Deadline has learned shooting is due to start in Melbourne in mid-2013 and the producers have started searching for actors in their late teens or early 20s to play Hutchence (who died in a Sydney hotel room in 1997), and fellow band members, brothers Jon, Tim and Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Gary Beers, plus their manager Chris Murphy. The miniseries may be finished and ready to air before either of the films is in the can.
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney
Several producers have tried in vain to mount a biopic of INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence since he died in a Sydney hotel room in 1997. Now, two new projects are gearing up. Producers Trevor Ray Field and Suzy Markovski, and screenwriter/executive producer Robert Lewis Galinsky are prepping Two Worlds Colliding, based on the book Just A Man – The Real Michael Hutchence by the singer’s sister Tina and his mother, Patricia Glassop. Field has acquired the film rights to the book and Galinsky tells Deadline the project will go out to potential cast and directors in early 2013. He says the film will not be an exploitative “tell-all” and is confident he’ll get the support of the current members of INXS and its management. Finance, says Galinsky, is being sourced from investors he’s dealt with before. Meanwhile, Screen Australia is funding the development of another Hutchence project, Michael, with producer Sue Murray and director Richard Lowenstein,