Stuart Beattie back for two 'Tomorrow' pics
Australian action movie was a hit at Oz box office
Plans are being drafted for Stuart Beattie to return to write and direct the second and third installments of "Tomorrow, When the War Began," the Australian action movie that has proven to be a hit at the Oz box office.
The sequels will also reunite the original cast and producers, including Omnilab Media, which co-financed the movie.
No deals have been made and the movies, which will be shot back-to-back, have not been officially greenlit, although that is expected to change in the coming weeks.
"Tomorrow" is based on a popular Australian YA book series by John Marsden and tells the story of a group of high school students who return from a camping trip to find their hometown invaded by a foreign army. In "Red Dawn" fashion, they begin to wage a guerrilla war on the invaders.
Inferno Entertainment, handling the foreign sales, screened the movie for buyers in Toronto on Sunday.
"Tomorrow," which opened in Australia on Sept. 3, had the third-largest opening for an Australian movie behind "Happy Feet" and "Australia" and was the largest for a film not financed by a U.S. studio. It passed the $5 million mark in its first week.
Back in its home country, the film is making stars out of its young leads, particularly Caitlin Stasey, a TV actress making her feature debut.
And the movie is being noted for bringing younger demos, more accustomed to flocking to high-octane Hollywood fare, back to theaters to watch homegrown movies.
"Tomorrow" is CAA-repped Beattie's directorial debut. He is best known for his script work, which includes "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "Australia" and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra."
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