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'Animal Kingdom' Director David Michod Names Next Project

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 6, 2012 at 1:53PM

When David Michod arrived with "Animal Kingdom" (which went on to many a Best of 2010 list), the world took note. The Australian director has finally named his next project, "The Rover," which is based on an idea with one of his "Animal Kingdom" stars, Joel Edgerton...
Joel Edgerton in "Animal Kingdom"
Joel Edgerton in "Animal Kingdom"

David Michôd's feature debut "Animal Kingdom" landed on many Best of 2010 lists and broke out the director as well as star Joel Edgerton. The Australian writer-director has finally named his next project, "The Rover," which is based on an idea he hatched up with Edgerton (flip cam interview below) about a man on a mission to get his stolen car back, which holds something invaluable.

Edgerton may not have time to star in the film; he's been busy of late, from "Warrior" and "The Thing" to the upcoming "The Great Gatsby," Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden project and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: 'His' and 'Hers.'"

"The Rover" will be shot in Australia this fall for David Linde's Lava Bear and Australia's Porchlight Films. Here's our interview with the director and "Animal Kingdom"'s Jacki Weaver, who sings his praises.

Part Two.

This article is related to: IN THE WORKS, Directors, Foreign, Joel Edgerton, David Michôd

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.