Kevin Bacon Heads into Greg McLean’s Jungle
Back in May we got word that Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) would be directing Jungle, a thriller based on the memoir written by Yossi Ghinsberg, who was lost for three weeks alone in the Amazon rainforest back in 1981. And now we know one of the people who’ll be starring in the film.
Per THR, Kevin Bacon, who previously worked with McLean on 6 Miranda Drive, is re-teaming with the Aussie helmer for survival drama Jungle, which Arclight Films took over after See-Saw Films and the Spierig brothers (Daybreakers, Predestination) left the project. Justin Monjo wrote the script, and Gary Hamilton, Dana Lustig, Mike Gabrawy, and Mark Lazarus are producing.
Jungle will tell the story of Yossi, a young enthusiastic man with adventurous dreams who heads into the Bolivian jungle with two friends and a fraudulent guide. Their journey turns into a frightening psychological test of faith and human fortitude against the deadliest threats of the wilderness. Filming kicks off at the end of the year on location in La Paz, Bolivia, and in the rainforest of Australia’s Gold Coast.
“I am so thrilled to be making a film about this astonishing true tale of survival and personal transformation,” said McLean previously. “The raw and honest narration of both book and script read like a classic thriller that has deep spiritual resonance alongside the challenging and horrific events that unfold.”
“The commercial value of this film, combined with the brilliant, mind-bending action and adventure filmmaking unique to Greg McLean, immediately captivated us,” said Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight Films. “Jungle is a film that is bound to thrill audiences worldwide, and we’re all delighted to be part of this exciting journey.”
Jungle was one of 11 projects to receive $9.2 million (AUS $10.7 million) worth of financing from agency Screen Australia, including psychological thriller Joe Cinque’s Consolation, the debut feature from Toronto International Film Festival short film winner Sotiris Dounoukos, and Porchlight Films’ next feature, Jasper Jones, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Craig Silvey and adapted for the screen by the writer of The Snowtown Murders, Shaun Grant. Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae) will direct.