Robert Connolly set to adapt The Shipkiller

Australian film-maker Robert Connolly will direct and co-produce an adaptation of a book by Justin Scott.

The director has partnered with Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Walking Dead and The Hulk, under her company Valhalla Entertainment to adapt Scott’s The Shipkiller.

The Bourne trilogy’s Henry Morrison and Andrew Myer will executive produce the film.

Connolly’s Arenamedia has had the rights to the novel for a few months.

The announcement was made while Connolly was at the Toronto International Film Festival supporting his latest directorial effort Underground – The Julian Assange Story, produced by Matchbox Films, about the Wikileaks founder’s time as a teen hacker in Melbourne, which is scheduled to air on Ten.

First published in 1978, The Shipkiller is the story of a man’s revenge across the world’s oceans after his wife is killed when their sailboat collides with a supertanker.


  1. Ross Howden
    13 Sep 12
    10:19 am

  2. Great boost for Australian film. Robert Connolly a great Australian filmmaker and generous mentor has the opportunity to bring this intriguing story to the screen with a decent budget! Go Rob!

  3. Gab Aghion
    13 Sep 12
    1:56 pm

  4. Definitely echo the sentiment of Ross above. Robert is generous with his time and a talented Aussie film maker capable of bringing projects together. Can we clone him….?