Worthington Plans Gallipoli Journo Mini

Sam Worthington will co-produce and potentially star in a six-hour miniseries dealing with a group of journalists who covered the famous failed WWI Gallipoli campaign reports Deadline.

Over almost a year of fighting took place on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey in 1915 as a joint British and French operation set out to capture Constantinople from the control of the Ottoman Empire.

The attempt failed, with heavy casualties on both sides. It was also the first major battle undertaken by the ANZACS (the Australian and New Zealand armies).

The story of the mini will follow a team of Australian and English journalists who covered the battle and were instrumental in the decision to end the campaign against Turkish forces.

FullClip and Matchbox Pictures will produce for cable provider Foxtel which commissioned the series. Foxtel is owned by Rupert Murdoch who also happens to be the son of one of the aforementioned journalists – Keith Murdoch.

Jacquelin Perske, Cate Shortland, Shaun Grant, and Wain Fimeri are all working on the scripts while Worthington is said to be trying to convince various Aussie talent now based in Los Angeles to come onboard.

Filming will kick off in the second half of 2013 so the project is ready for April 2015 – the 100th anniversary of the battle.