A US-based sales production and distribution company has picked up the worldwide sales rights to the next film by Aussie writer/director Andrew Traucki.
Traucki’s film The Jungle has been picked up by Lightning Entertainment of Santa Monica.
The news sees the two parties reunite after Traucki’s 2010 shark film The Reef.
Lightning has already secured sales for the film in a number of regions including Australia’s IFM/Filmways, France’s Wild Side, Metrodome in the UK, Acontracorrientes in Spain, Eagle Films in the Middle East and IPA in Thailand.
Filming for The Jungle is due to begin in June in both Australia and Indonesia.
The Jungle is about an Australian leopard conservationist who ventures into Indonesia jungle with a documentary film-maker to investigate sightings of an endangered species of the big cat. However, they become aware that they are being stalked by a deadly, unseen predator.
Richard S. Guardian, executive producer of both The Jungle and The Reef said: “I am thrilled to be working again with Andrew after the incredible success we had with The Reef.”
Robert Beaumont, president of Lightning Entertainment said: “This script is an edge-of-your-seat suspense thriller – Andrew’s specialty.”
The Jungle will be the third film from Traucki following The Reef and Black Water.
In the March issue of Encore, Traucki argued against Screen Australia’s Kathleen Drumm that Australia wasn’t getting better at marketing films.