Pack up your shoulder pads and put away your hair lacquer, it looks like we’re not going back to the 80s after all.
The Nine Network has shelved plans to remake the iconic miniseries Return to Eden.
The project was one of Nine’s marquee dramas for 2013, unveiled at its season launch last year and enthusiastically endorsed by CEO David Gyngell.
“We won’t be proceeding with it at this time,” a Nine spokeswoman told Fairfax.
It is understood the decision is a financial one, not a creative one. A source told Fairfax there was pressure within Nine to rein in costs.
Nine is also presently engaged in a costly negotiation for the cricket TV rights. With Seven and a newly aggressive Ten both bidding as well the cost to Nine is likely to escalate.
The remake was to be produced by Hal and Di McElroy, who also produced five seasons of Nine’s maritime drama Sea Patrol.
Hal McElroy produced the original Return to Eden, the story of a frumpy mining heiress, Stephanie Harper (Rebecca Gilling), who is seduced by and marries a tennis pro, Greg Marsden (James Reyne).
On their honeymoon in outback Australia, Marsden pushes Stephanie into the jaws of a nearby crocodile and she is left for dead. Unbeknownst to all she survives, has plastic surgery, becomes a supermodel and “returns” to the family estate, Eden, to wreak her revenge.
The original aired as a three-part mini-series on the Ten Network in 1983.
It was followed by a series of 22 one-hour episodes in 1986. The series was re-shaped slightly, as an Australian version of the US supersoaps of the era, Dynasty and Dallas, with an emphasis on glamour.
Although fans of the original will feel the loss deeply, Nine will instead focus its energy on a second season of House Husbands, a new Underbelly, Underbelly: Squizzy, a drama about the life of mining mogul Gina Rinehart and a war drama from producer John Edwards to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.
Nine’s existing drama portfolio – including House Husbands, Howzat!, Beaconsfield and Underbelly – scored a total of 14 nominations for the 2013 TV Week Logie Awards.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.