Fox UK buys rights to Stan’s Wolf Creek series
The British rights to Wolf Creek have been sold to Fox UK.
The six-part series, based on the 2005 movie of the same name, was commissioned by streaming service Stan and made available to subscribers last month.
Alongside Stan’s No Activity and Presto’s Let’s Talk About, Wolf Creek is one of the first original Australian series to be commissioned by an SVOD service. It sees John Jarrett reprise the role of Mick Taylor, and has many returning crew, including writer/director Greg McLean.
Wolf Creek has been Stan’s most successful launch so far.
Stan’s chief content officer Nick Forward told IF that international interest in Wolf Creek was initially piqued in April when distributor Banijay International took it to MIPTV, the television buyers’ market in Cannes.
Forward said Fox UK was a good fit for the show and it was likely to thrive there, given the channel’s reputation in drama and genre, airing series such as Outcast and The Walking Dead.
Further, he said that the sale has vindicated Stan’s intention to make “world-class” content.
“When we decided to start making TV for Stan there was a really clear vision to make strong local dramas and comedies, but very global in their outlook,” he said.
“We’re making shows that we think will appeal as much overseas as they will here and I think that in the Australian market that’s probably quite unique.
“Seeing [Wolf Creek] fit on platforms like Fox in the UK just demonstrates that it really is that quality and we’ve met that brief.”
The Fox UK deal was “the first of a number of sales to come” for Wolf Creek, Forward said, with more to be announced in coming weeks.