AGC Television and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation are partnering with Screen Australia to co-finance the eight-part crime series Troppo starring Thomas Jane.
Production is set to begin in July in Queensland with EQ Media Group and Beyond Productions on board as producers. AGC Studios holds worldwide rights outside Australia.
Jane (The Expanse, Hung, 1922) will play Ted Conkaffey, a former detective accused of a disturbing crime.
When he escapes to the tropics of Far North Queensland and gets involved with a new private agency, the by-the-book investigator and his new partner start to unravel a mysterious death that could help them leave behind their infamous pasts.
Jocelyn Moorhouse (BBC’s Wakefield, Australian six-partner Stateless starring Cate Blanchett and Yvonne Strahovski for ABC and Netflix) is attached to direct.
Yolanda Ramke (Netflix’s Cargo) is writing the project based on Candice Fox’s novel Crimson Lake, the first of her Queensland-set crime stories centred on Conkaffey.
Troppo executive producers are AGC head Stuart Ford and AGC Television president Lourdes Diaz, EQ Media’s Simonne Overend and Lisa Duff, Beyond Productions’ David Ogilvy, ABC’s Andrew Gregory, Jane, and Courtney Lauren Penn.
Troppo will premiere on ABC and ABC iview in 2021.