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4 items from 2014


Monjo pens HBO pilot, Farscape movie

20 February 2014 2:46 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Game of Thrones. Peter Dinklage is in talks to star in the pilot for an HBO series scripted by Sydney-based Justin Monjo and produced by Ben Stiller.s Red Hour Films.

The prolific Monjo is also writing the screenplay for Farscape, a movie spin-off of the sci-fi series that ran on the Nine Network and the Sci-Fi Channel in the Us, for Jim Henson Productions, to be directed by Brian Henson.

Dinklage would play a dwarf detective in The Beasts of Valhalla, based on a series of novels by the late George C. Chesbro. Monjo read the books years ago but could not think of an actor who was right for the role of the sleuth named Mongo until he saw Dinklage in Game of Thrones.

.It.s a grounded sci-fi series,. says Monjo, who flies to New York next month to discuss the project with Dinklage, with whom he has corresponded. »

- Don Groves

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The Inxs flap: screenwriter responds

19 February 2014 6:07 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Tina Hutchence.s scathing criticism of how the miniseries Inxs: Never Tear Us Apart portrayed her half-brother Michael and their family has puzzled screenwriter Justin Monjo.

Monjo, who co-wrote the Shine Australia drama with Dave Warner, hasn.t watched or read Tina.s interviews but insists the show is respectful of Michael and based on interviews with the surviving band members.

.I don.t know what she said but I don.t know how anyone would be upset,. Monjo told If today. .We did not interview her or her brother Rhett. The story was about the band and they were not part of the journey of these six guys.

.It is a respectful story of who Michael was an artist, how good his music was, and what he did for the band. I think anyone who saw it would think he was a wonderful musician who died tragically. You just had to like him. »

- Don Groves

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Inxs miniseries goes out on high note

16 February 2014 3:27 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The finale of the Seven Network.s Inxs: Never Tear Us Apart drew 2.579 million viewers nationally and 1.768 million in the five metro cities last night.

While the national figure was down 200,000 on the premiere, the drama produced by Shine Australia easily won its timeslot.

Directed by Daina Reid and written by Dave Warner and Justin Monjo, the two-part series starred Luke Arnold, Nicholas Masters, Ido Drent, Andy Ryan, Alex Williams and Hugh Sheridan.

Seven said part one of Never Tear Us Apart was watched by 276,000 people on catch-up viewing in the past seven days, delivering a a total audience of 2.243 million in the five major markets.

Nine.s documentary Mayday Mayday: Terror on QF32, was weak opposition, pulling just 872,000 nationally (586,000 viewers in the metros).

Seven.s My Kitchen Rules maintained its ascendancy with 2.69 million viewers nationally (1.86 million)

However Nine.s The Block: Fans vs Faves posted its highest ratings so far, »

- Don Groves

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Inxs miniseries smashes Corby

9 February 2014 2:33 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

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The Nine Network.s gambit of moving the Schapelle Corby telemovie from Monday to Sunday night has backfired as the show was beaten comprehensively by the premiere of Seven.s Inxs: Never Tear Us Apart.

The Inxs drama produced by Shine Australia drew 1.974 million viewers in the 5 city metropolitan areas, dwarfing the 1.022 million for FremantleMedia.s Schapelle. The national audience was 2.88 million for the Inxs saga versus 1.339 million for Schapelle.

.I think most people are over Schapelle,. one former network programmer told If this morning. Either that or far more people were attracted to the story of the iconic band and the death of lead singer Michael Hutchence.

Directed by Daina Reid and written by Dave Warner and Justin Monjo, the two-part series stars Luke Arnold, Nicholas Masters, Ido Drent, Andy Ryan, Alex Williams and Hugh Sheridan.

In part 2, which airs this Sunday at 8.30pm, Hutchence finds a new love in Paula Yates, »

- Don Groves

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