It's been 11 years since cult Aussie drama McLeod's Daughters was last on our screens but the faces of Drovers Run have made a lasting impact with their fans, with many campaigning for years for the TV show's return.
And now the fans are finally getting what they want with the show's writer and producer Posie Graeme Evans announcing that an "exciting" McLeod's Daughters movie is officially in the works, thanks to a new government grant announced by Minister for the Arts Elise Archer on Wednesday evening.
According to the The Mercury, Tasmanian-based Graeme Evans and her team are set to receive $20, 000 for the project as part of the Tasmanian Government's $3.5 million Cultural and Creative Industries Stimulus Package to help boost the film industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw film sets and TV shows around the country shut down.
Taking to her Instagram page on Wednesday evening, Graeme Evans confirmed the feature film was well and truly under way.
"THE STORY CONTINUES. Yes – it really does. And I'm letting you know first," she explained.
"We're developing a feature film. It's called The McLeods of Drovers Run and I started writing the story a couple of months ago. Today we heard that we've got backing from Screen Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government to write the very first stage of the movie."
"And I promise, as we develop the story with the very talented screen writer Emma Jensen ("Mary Shelley" and the upcoming release, I am Woman – the Helen Reddy story) that I'll keep you with us every step of the way," she said.
"We're just at the beginning, the very beginning, but we're on our way. No promises but I have such a good feeling about this. Hope I'm right."
Actress Bridie Carter, who played Tess McLeod for six seasons, also shared her delight at the news by reposting Graeme Evans's announcement on her Instagram Stories and adding: "I have no words, do I dream or is it really happening? We look forward to it and thank you sooo much!!! We are the best family, MD family."
Fans have been hoping, asking and praying for a reboot for years and talks amongst the cast of a potential reunion have always been open.
The much-loved Aussie drama almost had a reunion back in 2017 though the return was scrapped, with creator Posie Graeme-Evans confirming "creative differences" had cut short plans to revive the show.
"What I say to everybody is, I am like Tess McLeod and I will never give up," Bride Carter explained last year when asked if there was a potential was reboot.
As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait and it looks like the perseverance has well and truly paid off!