ABC crime series Troppo starring Thomas Jane to film in Queensland

Jocelyn Moorhouse will direct the series based on Candice Fox's bestselling novel, Crimison Lake.

American actor Thomas Jane, known for his roles in Hung and The Expanse, will star in upcoming ABC crime drama series Troppo, due to shoot in Queensland later this year.

Based on Australian author Candice Fox’s bestselling novel Crimson Lake, Troppo is about disgraced ex-cop Ted Conkaffey, played by Jane, confronting his traumatic past alongside Amanda Pharrell, an eccentric PI with a disturbing criminal past.

Together, Conkaffey and Pharrell team up to investigate a missing Korean family man and tech pioneer. As they begin to uncover a string of bizarre deaths, the unlikely duo is thrust into a mutual fight for survival and sanity in the wilds of Far North Queensland.

In addition to support from Screen Australia, Troppo’s filming will take place on the Gold Coast and throughout Far North Queensland following support from Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy to secure exclusive filming within the state.

It’s good news for local film and television professionals, with the ABC’s new series expected to create 130 local jobs while adding $10 million into the state’s economy. This comes off the back of the recent announcement that Mad Max prequel Furiosa’s New South Wales filming is tipped to create 850 jobs and generate $350 million towards the economy.

Filmmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse, who won AACTA awards for Proof in 1991, Muriel’s Wedding in 1994, and The Dressmaker in 2015, will direct the eight-part series.

In Screen Australia’s announcement, Head of Content Sally Caplan praised the work of Yolanda Ramke, writer and co-director on one of Australia’s first Netflix Original feature films Cargo (2018), for Troppo’s adaptation.

‘We’re proud to support Troppo, a riveting Australian crime drama set in the crocodile-infested wilderness of Far North Queensland,’ Caplan said. ‘Yolanda Ramke has expertly adapted Candice Fox’s bestselling novel, weaving sharp humour into a gripping story that we anticipate will engage audiences here and internationally.’

Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich added Troppo will add to Queensland’s pre-existing support of local filming and programming.

‘The ABC has a fantastic track-record for commissioning hit crime series like Harrow, which Screen Queensland has supported from Season one through to the current Season three, and Troppo promises to be no exception.’

Produced by EQ Media Group and Beyond Entertainment, with AGC Television onboard as co-financier and co-producer, Troppo’s executive producers include AGC’s Stuart Ford and Lourdes Diaz; Thomas Jane, and Courtney Lauren Penn; ABC’s Sally Riley and Andrew Gregory; EQ Media’s Greg Quail, Simonne Overend and Lisa Duff; Beyond Entertainment’s Mikael Borglund and David Ogilvy. Additional cast and crew announcements for Troppo will come closer to production.

According to a tweet from West Australian screenwriter Kodie Bedford, who is also working on ABC comedy series All My Friends Are Racist, further credits for Troppo include Bedford, Ramke, Jane Allen, Blake Ayshford, Penelope Chai, Craig Irwin, and Andrew Undi Lee.

Troppo is due to premiere on ABC and ABC iview in 2022 following filming later this year.

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