The White Lotus could be heading Down Under, if series creator Mike White has his way.
The 52-year-old announced plans for an Australian edition of the hit series at a press conference at Sydney’s Vivid Festival this week.
‘My dream would be to hit every continent, so yeah, this is like its own continent basically,’ he said.
‘We kind of have to come to Australia if we keep going. It would be so fun. ‘
He added: ‘Obviously, there’s a huge wealth of talent here and the beauty is inarguable, so it feels like it checks all the boxes’.
The White Lotus could be heading Down Under, if series creator Mike White (pictured) has his way. The 52-year-old announced plans for an Australian edition of the hit series at a press conference at Sydney’s Vivid Festival this week
Mike went on to explain that if the series decided to film a prequel to season one, beloved Australian actor Murray Bartlett, who played hotel manager Armond, could return to the show.
‘I absolutely think that’s possible, we were just talking about that,’ he said, adding that Jennifer Coolidge, who was killed off in season two, could also come back for a prequel.
‘It’s a funny idea. And making Jennifer, you know, 20 years younger, that would be fun too. We can bring Murray Bartlett back,’ Mike said.
While a fourth season could hit Australia, after seasons set in Hawaii and Italy, The White Lotus will reportedly set its upcoming third season in Thailand.
White, the creator and sole writer and director of the hit HBO series, has been scoping out the Southeast Asian country in recent weeks, multiple sources told Variety.
Mike went on to explain that if the series decided to film a prequel to season one, beloved Australian actor Murray Bartlett (pictured), who played hotel manager Armond, could return
Jackass star Johnny Knoxville — a friend of White — previously set off speculation that she show might be set in Tokyo, after he mentioned that the two had spent some time in the metropolis, though it appears White’s real focus was elsewhere in Asia.
White had previously teased that the season would be set in Asia, and he name-dropped Japan, though it’s unclear if his focus shifted or if Thailand has long been the intended location.
HBO has declined to comment on the location.
So far, no details on the ensemble cast of the third season have been announced, though it will likely featured a mostly new collection of stars.
However, the second season did feature return characters played by Jon Gries and Jennifer Coolidge.
‘I absolutely think that’s possible, we were just talking about that,’ he said, adding that Jennifer Coolidge (pictured), who was killed off in season two, could also come back for a prequel
The previous two seasons have been set in fictional White Lotus hotels, but they were shot on the premises of Four Seasons hotels in Hawaii and Sicily.
Variety noted that the luxury hotel chain has four locations throughout Thailand in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and the Golden Triangle.
The outlet noted that the different locations are located in the city, out in the countryside, in the lush jungle and at a stunning beach location, leaving White with plenty of options for where to set his next season.
White has telegraphed an Asian location by hinting that the next season would deal with ‘death and Eastern religion and spirituality’ during a post-episode interview on HBO Max.
‘The first season kind of highlighted money, and then the second season is sex,’ said the actor, writer and director.
‘I think the third season would be maybe a satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality. It feels like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round at White Lotus,’ he said.
While a fourth season could hit Australia, after seasons set in Hawaii and Italy, The White Lotus will reportedly set its upcoming third season in Thailand. (L–R) Aubrey Plaza, Will Sharpe, Theo James and Meghann Fahy
The first two seasons were a critical hit and a fan favorite for HBO.
The first season won 10 Emmy awards and cleaned up at multiple other award ceremonies.
Among those honored was two-time star Jennifer Coolidge, who is good friends with White.
The interest in the first season helped reinvigorate her career, leading to her triumphant return in the second season, along with a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The first season was set in Hawaii (pictured) and the second was set in Sicily. The show won 10 Emmy and multiple other awards. (L–R) Brittany O’Grady, Sydney Sweeney and Murray Bartlett