Foxtel and News Corp Australia today announced they have commissioned an event drama mini-series on the notorious story of Lawyer X, the Melbourne-based lawyer who acted as a Victorian Police informant from 1995 until 2009 during the Victorian gangland war.
LAWYER X: THE STORY OF INFORMER 3838 is currently in development and will begin production later this year.
The eight part special event series will be based on the reporting and stories of News Corp’s Herald Sun Newspaper, which uncovered the scandal and exposed the Melbourne woman behind some of the state’s biggest criminal cases in modern history.
The Melbourne-based lawyer, known as Lawyer X or Informer 3838, represented some of the gangland wars most infamous figures including Carl Williams and Tony Mokbel and provided intel and information that helped convict hundreds of criminals and drug traffickers.
Foxtel is currently in discussion with both local and international producers and creatives on the project.
Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said:
“This explosive chapter in Australian crime history has all the ingredients to make for a compelling TV series. We are proud to partner with the Herald Sun who exposed the story to bring it to life for television and to deliver a unique and captivating new Australian story for our subscribers.
“A story as significant and substantial as this also has a huge amount of worldwide appeal and I am very confident we will be attracting some very big international names both in front and behind the camera.”
The journalists who exposed the story, Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon, will act as story consultants to the series.