4 December 2012 10:25 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney. Exclusive: While two Australian producers are developing biopics of Inxs and the band’s late frontman Michael Hutchence, a TV miniseries may just steal their thunder. The Seven Network has commissioned Shine Australia to produce Never Tear Us Apart: The Inxs Story, a four-hour saga. The project hasn’t been formally announced but Deadline has learned shooting is due to start in Melbourne in mid-2013 and the producers have started searching for actors in their late teens or early 20s to play Hutchence (who died in a Sydney hotel room in 1997), and fellow band members, brothers Jon, Tim and Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Gary Beers, plus their manager Chris Murphy. The miniseries may be finished and ready to air before either of the films is in the can. Producers Trevor Ray Field and Suzy Markovski and screenwriter/executive producer Robert »

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