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Fox Adapting Guy Pearce Drama ‘Jack Irish’

It’s official: Fox has given a script plus penalty order to an adaptation of “Jack Irish,” the Guy Pearce-starring Australian miniseries based on crime writer Peter Temple’s books.

The series follows the title character, a part-time lawyer, debt collector and apprentice cabinet maker who is attempting to get his life back on track after his wife’s murder. He also has the unfortunate-for-him gift of finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The one-hour drama is produced by Chernin Entertainment in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope executive producing for their shingle. Exec producers also include writer Seamus Kevin Fahey (“Spartacus”) and showrunner Anna Fricke (“Being Human,” “Everwood”).

Fahey is repped by UTA, Trevor Engelson of Underground, and Bruce Gellman of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Keller LLP. Fricke is repped by UTA and Patti Felker of Felkmer Toczek Suddleson LLP.

The Australian “Jack Irish” is produced by Essential Media and Entertainment, which also produced the Australian version of “Rake” — and Fox’s short-lived American version.

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