We love it when a plan comes together! Two genre films we’ve been talking about around here for quite a while have finally found themselves some funding. That means the screaming will be starting soon! Read on for details.
Deadline reports that funding agency Screen Australia announced that it’s investing $A5.5 million ($US5.6 million) in three features with a total budget of more than $17 million: Michael and Peter Spierig’s Predestination, Greg McLean’s Wolf Creek 2, and Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country.
In Predestination Ethan Hawke plays a time-traveling government agent who recruits his younger self to pursue a particularly elusive criminal. Produced by Paddy McDonald and Tim McGahan, it’s based on a short story by Robert A. Heinlein. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired domestic and some international rights to the action thriller in Cannes. Arclight Films is representing Predestination; Pinnacle will release in Australia.
John Jarratt will reprise his role as a serial killer in the Wolf Creek sequel, which was due to shoot in February but stalled when a private investor withdrew. In the screenplay by McLean and Aaron Sterns, another unwitting backpacker is the prey of the crazed pig-shooter.
Charlie’s Country will star David Gulpilil as a man who struggles to understand how he should define himself as an Aboriginal in modern Australia. Fandango Portobello has foreign, and Hopscotch will release in Oz.
More as it comes!
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