Cannes 2012: FilmNation Nabs Most of the World for David Michod's 'The Rover'

10:33 AM PST 05/21/2012 by Pamela McClintock
Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce are in negotiations to star in Michod's follow-up to acclaimed Australian crime-drama "Animal Kingdom."

CANNES -- Glen Basner's FilmNation Entertainment has acquired the majority of worldwide rights to The Rover, from Animal Kingdom writer-director David Michod.

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The filmmaker's script is based on a story he conceived with fellow Aussie Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby). Michod is set to begin shooting in Australia late this year, with Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in negotiations to star.

FilmNation acquired the rights from David Linde's Lava Bear Films and Liz Watts' Porchlight Films. Tony Metzger, president of Lava Bear, will oversee the production for the company. The film also will be produced in association with Blue Tongue Films, the directors collective of which Michod is a member.

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The Rover is set in the Australian desert in the dangerous and dysfunctional near-future. The lead character Eric sets off to track down the gang of criminals who stole his car and is forced to enlist the help of Reynolds, the naive simpleton of the gang left behind in the bloody chaos of the gang's most recent escape.

"I loved Animal Kingdom and am thrilled to collaborate with such an exciting talent as David Michod. The film represents another big step for FilmNation as we continue to invest in high caliber films. The Rover is going to be one kick-ass flick," said Basner.

FilmNation will represent U.S. rights with UTA Independent Film Group. Territories excluded in the FilmNation deal are the U.K., Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, Benelux, Scandinavia, Greece, Indonesia, the Middle East, Poland, Croatia/Slovenia, Romania/Bulgary/Hungary, Serbia and Turkey.

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"Daivd Michod has an incredibly unique voice and style that has already been acclaimed around the world. The Rover continues this style of combining powerful imagery with a story that draws you in from the opening scene. We are very pleased that FilmNation has joined us as our partner in both the U.S. and other places around the globe," Linde said.

The deal was negotiated by Linde and Adam Rymer at Lava Bear, Basner and Alison Cohen at FilmNation. The producers were represented by attorneys Nina Stevenson and David Boyle.

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