No, The River Boys don’t have their own spin-off show. Yet. Channel Seven and Southern Star Entertainment today announced the new drama series – Wild Boys – will go into production next month. It’s good to see Dan MacPherson get a gig (he’s always dependably good), and it seems Zoe Ventoura heading the US was a little premature – but hurry back, all is forgiven. Late news today from Dan was “Excited to announce that Michael Dorman and David Field have joined the cast of Wild Boys.” From the press release:

“An Australian Western”, this new series is set in the 1800s and centres around a gang of bushrangers called the Wild Boys. The cast will include Daniel MacPherson (City Homicide), Zoe Ventoura (Packed to the Rafters), Michael Dorman (Suburban Mayhem, The Secret Life of Us) and David Field (City Homicide). Further cast announcements will be made soon.

Jack, Dan, Conrad and Captain Gunpowder are the Wild Boys –

Jack wants enough gold to head west and buy land
Dan wants enough gold to head west and buy women
Captain Gunpowder wants to be feared and famous
Conrad wants to elope with the Mayor’s daughter Emilia

The Wild Boys are making plans for the future – but for now they have to make do with each other as they stage hold-ups keeping one step ahead of the traps, trackers, and other outlaws.

Seven’s Head of Programming and Production, Tim Worner said today: “It’s fresh, it’s different and everything about it is Australian. If you look across the television landscape, you’ll quickly conclude there aren’t many bushranger dramas. There is a richness to the way Seven dramas are made and Wild Boys will be no exception.”

Wild Boys will be filmed in Sydney. Pre-production has commenced, with filming beginning next month.

Wild Boys is a Southern Star Entertainment Production for Channel Seven produced in association with Screen Australia and Screen NSW. Julie McGauran and Sarah Smith (Southern Star) are producing, with Seven’s Head of Drama, John Holmes.

Wild Boys joins Seven’s leading drama slate for 2011 – alongside Packed to the Rafters, Home and Away and the new drama Winners and Losers, which is launching soon.