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TIFF Deal Alert: David Michôd's 'Animal Kingdom' Follow-up 'The Rover' is Selling Like Hotcakes with Pattinson & Pearce

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 7, 2012 at 1:31PM

David Michôd's "The Rover" is a hot ticket, not surprising given his knockout feature debut was 2009's "Animal Kingdom," and that he'll be directing Guy Pearce (also in "Animal Kingdom") and Robert Pattinson in the follow-up this winter...
Animal Kingdom
'Animal Kingdom'

David Michôd's "The Rover," set to shoot this winter, is a hot ticket. This is not surprising, given his 2009 knockout feature debut "Animal Kingdom," and that he's directing Guy Pearce (also in "Animal Kingdom") and Robert Pattinson in this follow-up. FilmNation picked up nearly all worldwide rights back in Cannes and is continuing to shop the film in Toronto. "The Rover" has already sold several territories, including the UK, Canada and Benelux to eOne, Scandinavia to Nordisk, Latin America to Sun Distribution, the Middle East to Italia Film, and Eastern Europe (excl. Russia) to Revolutionary Releasing. Village Roadshow is also set for Australia and New Zealand.

Fellow Aussie (and "Animal Kingdom" star) Joel Edgerton helped to conceive the project, for which Michôd also wrote the script. It is set in the near future and follows a loner (Pearce) traveling the desolate Australian outback. A gang steals his car and his sole remaining possessions, while leaving behind a wounded man (Pattinson) who has to help track down the gang in order to retrieve what was taken.

Here's more with Michôd and our video interview with "Animal Kingdom" evil-mama Jacki Weaver.

This article is related to: News, David Michôd, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson

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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.