Sam Raimi To Direct Greg Kinnear As Ramshackle Lawyer In TV Pilot RAKE

Contributing Writer; Melbourne, Australia
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Sam Raimi To Direct Greg Kinnear As Ramshackle Lawyer In TV Pilot RAKE
Television, meet Sam Raimi. Yep, after delivering critically-questionable box office hit Oz, the Great and Powerful to cinemas, news has come that Raimi will direct a TV pilot for Fox - the US adaptation of hit Australian TV series Rake, starring Greg Kinnear.

Based on the Aussie TV show which I named as my favourite TV series of last year, Rake follows the chaotic and comedic life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Joye (Kinnear), brilliant, frustratingly charming, and with zero filter. The Aussie version is a blast and I wholeheartedly recommend tracking it down, especially as with this news, the US version will be huge.
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BrianMarch 20, 2013 12:24 AM

Hasn't Sam Raimi been involved in tv series such as Spartacus, Hercules and Xena?

Simon de BruynMarch 20, 2013 3:01 AM

Yes but directing a pilot is a different ballgame. By directing he can define the signature style of a TV series much more, and him directing TV is interesting in itself. As far as I can tell he's never directed television.

JahsoldierMarch 22, 2013 1:34 PM

You have my deepest thanks Simon. After reading this, I went back and eventually found Rake season 1. I am only three episodes in, but what a fantastic show. Greg is a great actor but I have a hard time seeing him top Richard Roxburgh. Tips like this is why I keep coming back to Twitch :)

Simon de BruynMarch 23, 2013 5:18 AM

Wow, this is great to hear. Season 2 is even better. I really hope you enjoy it and be sure to come back here and tell me what you think. The star power cameos are testament both to the writing and the creators. Also,if you are not from Australia then I'm glad to hear the comedy translates - it doesn't always do so.

JahsoldierMarch 23, 2013 9:47 AM

Seeing Hugo Weaving as an innocent cannibal was a particular highlight! Although I am not Australian, I spent a fair amount of time there, even living in the Cross and watching them film Underbelly, so I can relate to most of the locations and references. Even so, I believe that the show does translate well for those who might have no connection to Oz at all. I will let you know how season 2 goes once I find it.