Showtime Develops ‘Animal Kingdom’ TV Series

The premium network is adapting the acclaimed crime drama for television.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Writer and producer John Wells is already one of the main players behind "Shameless," a Showtime drama about a family not above committing some petty crimes just to survive. But for his next Showtime project, Wells is going even darker.

Deadline is reporting that Wells is executive producing an adaptation of "Animal Kingdom," the acclaimed 2010 film by director David Michôd. Loosely based upon the exploits of the Pettingill crime family in Melbourne, Australia, "Animal Kingdom" starred Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver, Sullivan Stapleton, Joel Edgerton and Luke Ford. Upon its release, "Animal Kingdom" received critical acclaim and eventually landed Weaver an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the family's matriarch, Janine Cody.

It's not clear if the "Animal Kingdom" TV series will maintain the Australian setting of the original film, but it is said to follow "the tense battle between a criminal family and the police, and the ordinary lives caught in the middle." The pilot is being written by "K-Ville" creator, Jonathan Lisco, who will also executive produce the potential series alongside Wells, Michôd and Liz Watts. Lisco has previously worked with Wells as an executive producer of "Southland" on TNT.

Wells is best known for executive producing "ER" during its 15 year run, in addition to his stints on "The West Wing," "Third Watch," "Presidio Med" and the 2004 "Dark Shadows" pilot, among many other projects.

"Animal Kingdom" joins a crowded Showtime development slate that includes "Ray Donovan" with Liev Schreiber signed to play the title character, "Masters of Sex," as well as adaptations of Stephen King's "Under The Dome" and John Layman's comic book series, "Chew."


What are your thoughts on an "Animal Kingdom" TV series? Who would you like to see cast in the show? Share your opinions in the comment section below!