Warnie

Coming in 2023

There has never been and never will be another like him. Over two big nights, Warnie will be the fitting tribute to one of the greatest Australians of all time, the Aussie larrikin who lived and loved large in the 9Network’s must see drama event of 2023. Shane Warne was an Aussie legend, a cultural icon, a cricketing genius, a charmer and a rogue. ‘Warnie’ transcended cricket. Like all great characters, he inspired extreme reactions from people from all walks of life, in Australia and around the world. Warnie is produced for the 9Network by Screentime, a Banijay company, in association with VicScreen. Cast to be announced soon.

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According to Herald Sun, Warne’s eldest daughter Brooke posted on Instagram Story tonight slamming Nine’s decision to commission the telemovie.

Do any of you have any respect for Dad? Or his family? Who did so much for Channel 9 and now you want to dramatise his life and our families life 6 months after he passed away? You are beyond disrespectful.

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Interestingly, she was actually replying to and shared a screenshot from Jo Hall’s Instagram story in which Jo was promoting she was going on 3AW to discuss some topics and one of them was the Shane Warne telemovie and whether it was too soon.

It would have been the late Shane Warne’s birthday on Tuesday this week.

Seven announced a miniseries called Warnie back in 2016 but then chose not to proceed. Nine revived the idea soon after he passed away.

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I actually agree… I really do think this is too soon.

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Yeah. I think they should wait a few years.

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I agree. It’s way too soon. Id have them wait a little more too.

It was like earlier in the year with the Melissa Caddick story (aka Underbelly: Vanishing Act). It aired on Nine just over a year since her disappearance. That two-part miniseries was poorly executed, despite having some good cast in it.

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Herald Sun reports Warne’s long-term manager James Erskine spoke with Nine’s director of television Michael Healy and head of drama Andy Ryan on Thursday, after Warne’s three children spoke out against the telemovie. Erskine said he was assured by Healy that the telemovie was a celebration of the cricket legend’s life and would not be salacious.

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/page-13/channel-9-in-crisis-talks-with-warnes-family-over-planned-telemovie/news-story/9c5bd0c493508b1f87b98639eea6f4ef

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Filming commences on the biggest drama of 2023

Production commenced this week on Warnie, the 9Network’s must see drama event of 2023.

Over two big nights, Warnie will pay tribute to one of the greatest Australians of all time, the Aussie larrikin who lived life to the full.

There has never been and never will be another like him.

Shane Warne was an Aussie legend, a cultural icon, a cricketing genius, a charmer and a loveable rogue.

Warnie, as he was affectionately known to all, transcended cricket.

Like all great characters, he inspired extreme reactions from people from all walks of life, in Australia and around the world.

During pre-production, the 9Network and Screentime have met with the Warne family who have offered their support for the series. The 9Network looks forward to collaborating with the family as filming continues.

Warnie stars Alex Williams (Underground: The Julian Assange Story, The Heights) as Shane Warne, Anthony Hayes (Gold, Light Between Oceans) and Marny Kennedy (Between Two Worlds, Janet King), supported by a stellar cast including Jacquie Brennan (Wentworth, Informer 3838), Jeremy Stanford (Winners & Losers, Wentworth), Ben Hall (Neighbours, Devil’s Playground), Tom Stokes (The Railway Man, Equals), Darcy Kent (New Gold Mountain, Spreadsheet), and newcomer Shanti Kali.

Warnie is produced for the 9Network by Screentime, a Banijay company.

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The Warne family and Warne’s manager had been opposed to the miniseries even before Nine announced it. What made them to change their mind?

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Actually being consulted about it?

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According to Herald Sun, it was Eddie McGuire who helped initiate peace talks between Shane Warne’s family, the cricketer’s manager James Erskine, and production company Screentime.

Filming began in bayside Melbourne this week and would run for another three weeks.

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/first-look-at-cast-for-shane-warne-telemovie/news-story/60f972339f5e55b568dfb3c0a6a95c85

Edit 14/11
According to The Australian, the “full and frank” meeting was held in Melbourne during Cup Week, also attended by Nine’s drama chief Andy Ryan. The Warne family made it clear part of the problem the family had with the telemovie was that they were blindsided by Nine’s announcement of it so soon after Warne’s death. In turn, Nine apologised for the way the family learnt of the telemovie, and gave assurance that the telemovie would be a celebration of Warne’s life, and would not dwell unnecessarily on more salacious aspects.

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