Baz Luhrmann is turning 'Australia' into a six-part series
The 59-year-old filmmaker has officially revealed his 2008 epic adventure film - which starred Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman - will be transformed into a limited Hulu series titled 'Faraway Downs' only using footage he'd already shot for the movie, albeit with a new soundtrack and different ending
1 July 2022
He said in a statement: "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'.
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"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."
'Faraway Downs' will follow English aristocrat Lady Sarah Ashley (Kidman) as she inherits a large cattle ranch in Australia following the death of her husband.
Cattle barons look to take her land, and so she joins forces with a cattle drover (Jackman) to protect the ranch.
The series will be told through young Nullah (Brandon Walters), who is a bi-racial Indigenous Australian who is caught up in the 'Stolden Generations'.
Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment president Craig Erwich added: "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.
"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."