FilmNation Entertainment has acquired the majority of worldwide rights to THE ROVER from ANIMAL KINGDOM writer-director David Mich˘d. Mich˘d has written the script based on a story he conceived with Joel Edgerton (ANIMAL KINGDOM, THE THING; pictured right).
THE ROVER is set in the Australian desert in a dangerous and dysfunctional near future. Eric has left everything and every semblance of human kindness behind him. When his last possession, his car, is stolen by a gang of dangerous criminals, Eric sets off to track them down and is forced along the way to enlist the help of Reynolds, the na´ve simpleton member of the gang left behind in the bloody chaos of the gangĺs most recent escape.
David Linde will produce for Lava Bear Films, while Liz Watts will produce for Porchlight Films. Tory Metzger, President of Lava Bear, will oversee the production for the company. The film will also be produced in association with Blue Tongue Films, the directors collective of which Mich˘d is a member. Production will begin late 2012 in Australia.
Sounds like a dusty MAD MAX-ish revenge tale, which I can absolutely dig. More on this one as we get it...
Edgerton's THING co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead