Cannes: 'Thor' Director Taika Waititi's 'Wilderpeople' Sells Worldwide

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

The adventure comedy, which has become the highest-grossing homegrown film ever in New Zealand, stars Sam Neill.

Taika Waititi's Sundance crowd pleaser Hunt for the Wilderpeople has sold out, Protagonist Pictures said Monday.

Vertigo Releasing has acquired the film for the U.K., Synergy for France, and Front Row Entertainment for the Middle East. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has picked it up for all remaining territories.

The Orchard previously nabbed it for North America, and the producers retained it for New Zealand and Australia.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople has become the highest-grossing local film ever in New Zealand, surpassing previous record holder Boy.

Said Waititi: "Having the film sell worldwide is fantastic. We're thrilled that people will get to see it in all territories. It's also great for a New Zealand film that there is an appetite for our style of filmmaking. I couldn't be happier."

The film releases theatrically in the U.S. on June 24.

The adventure comedy stars newcomer Julian Dennison as a city kid who is moved to the country to live with a new family and ends up on the run in the bush with his foster uncle, Hec (Sam Neill).

The director is currently shooting the third installment of Marvel franchise Thor, entitled Thor: Ragnorak.

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