The Wests are back: TV3 to screen Outrageous Fortune Prequel

MediaWorks TV has announced it has commissioned a prequel to the top-rating local drama series Outrageous Fortune which will screen on TV3.

Produced by South Pacific Pictures and created by Rachel Lang and James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune) the NZ on Air funded six-part series which has the working title West Side Story, will commence production in October.

The series will be set in the 1970s against a backdrop of real-life historical events and will tell the story of legendary safe cracker and career criminal Ted West, his wife Rita and their son Wolfgang.

TV3 Head of Commissioning and External Production, Sue Woodfield, says: “We’re thrilled to be bringing the iconic West family and friends back to TV3. Outrageous Fortune provided some of the best moments on New Zealand television and we’re sure our viewers will be as excited as we are about this project.”

South Pacific Pictures Chief Executive, Kelly Martin adds: “Ten years ago – almost to the day – I recall the excitement at TV3 when the first series of Outrageous Fortune was green lit and it was a thrill to watch that show grow to become both beloved and acclaimed. Everyone at SPP is looking forward to taking fans back to where it all began – actually… to before it all began!”

Casting of the series is yet to be announced.

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  • Kyle Wadsworth

    I am SO EXCITED for this. It’s well overdue.

  • Tania

    I didn’t watch the original series (it’s not really my thing), but was a bit concerned when I first saw this heading and wondered how they’re going to pull this off since they have all aged quite a bit! But I see now that they’ll use a different cast … some of the show’s stars have certainly gone on to do great things – Robyn Malcolm must be one of the busiest actors around, what with Agent Anna, Rake, and now this new show coming to One. And of course Siobhan Marshall and Grant Bowler have done well … good on them.

    I hope today’s fire wasn’t in one of the studios they’ll use for this.

    • Reece

      It will be interesting to see who they cast but there was a few episodes or so where Atonia Prebble (who played Loretta) also played Rita on old family video footage.

      Dont forget Antony Starr whos going very well at the moment certainly better than Siobhan Marshall whos back on Shortland Street lol.

      South Pacific Pictures have their own studios and these werent the council owned ones where that fire took place.

  • Reece

    I cant wait for this it should be good.