Ray Winstone makes a trek for 'Tracker'

Actor traveling to New Zealand for manhunt thriller

LONDON -- Ray Winstone is traveling to New Zealand to star in manhunt thriller "Tracker," scheduled to shoot until early December.

Winstone stars alongside Temuera Morrison, a Kiwi native who starred in "Once Were Warriors" and the second and third installments of the "Star Wars" franchise.

The film is directed by Ian Sharp from a script by the late Nicolas van Pallandt, who died of cancer two years ago. "Tracker" marks the first of the late van Pallandt's feature scripts to be produced.

Set in 1903, "Tracker" centers on a guerrilla survivor of the South African Boer War who lands in colonial New Zealand and is promised a bounty to capture Kereama, a Maori seafarer accused of killing a British soldier.

The project has been set up as a U.K./New Zealand co-production by Eden Films and T.H.E. Film with backing from Phoenix Wiley & Liberty Films.

Investors include the U.K. Film Council, the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air and financing is provided by Natixis Coficine.

Producers are David Burns and Trevor Haysom and executive producers are Stephanie Pettigrew, Sue Cook, Gareth Wiley and Richard Fletcher.

International sales are being handled by Independent and it has been pre-sold to Square One for Germany and Transmission Films for Australasia.