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Gina Rinehart's story to hit small screen

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The Australian government on Tuesday halted the approval process for a huge Aus$6.4 billion (US$6.3 billion) coal mine owned by Indian infrastructure giant GVK and the world's richest woman Gina Rinehart (pictured in 2010).

She is the Australia’s richest person and notoriously private.

But now the life story of mining magnate Gina Rinehart is all set to unfold on screen with Screentime reportedly acquiring the rights to her biography for a TV drama.

Fairfax reports Screentime – the producer of Underbelly series - has won  the rights to Gina Rinehart: The untold story of the world's richest women, written by BusinessDay journalist Adele Ferguson.

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Screentime is reportedly planning a six-hour mini-series and claims it has received strong interest from broadcasters.

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"If you look beyond the lurid and often demonising story, this is a truly extraordinary story that has had a massive impact on Australia. You can tackle this from so many angles because it is such a rich story,"
Screentime’s Des Monaghan was quoted as saying by The Australian.

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At this stage it’s not clear who will play the reclusive tycoon on screen but interest is likely to build around the choice of actor. Screentime are yet to announce when the mini-series will go to air.

Screentime are known for hit shows like Underbelly, RBT and Brothers In Arms.

Adele's unauthorised Rinehart biography was based on interviews with her colleagues, family, friends and former employees.

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