The series will be a six-part event for Hulu based in Australia from 2008. Baz has mentioned that he had three endings filmed.
“I originally set out to take the notion of the sweeping, Gone With the Wind-style epic and turn it on its head — a way of using romance and epic drama to shine a light on the roles of First Nations people and the painful scar in Australian history of the ‘Stolen Generations,’” said Luhrmann in a statement. “While Australia the film has its own life, there was another telling of this story; one with different layers, nuances and even alternative plot twists that an episodic format has allowed us to explore. Drawn from the same material, Faraway Downs is a new variation on Australia for audiences to discover.”
Similar to the plot of the film, it follows Nicole Kidman’s Lady Sarah Ashley who inherits a farm, when her husband dies. And then the Australian cattle barons want her land. Hugh Jackman is involved with some sketchy government racial policy.
“Baz is one of the world’s great auteur storytellers, so revisiting Faraway Downs and experiencing his incredible film Australia in this unique, new episodic format has been a revelatory and unique adventure,” said Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment president Craig Erwich. “We look forward to taking viewers into the ranch and experiencing all of the stories that are both held within and continue to unfold there.”
There’s still no indication of how long each episode will be. The movie from 2008 was two hours and 45 minutes.
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