The sequel to a successful Australian horror film looks to be back on track after it was postponed due to investor issues.
Wolf Creek 2 written, directed and produced by Greg McLean, has received production funding from Screen Australia.The film about the return of pig shooter and serial killer Mick Taylor is one of three projects to receive a share of $5.5m from the funding agency and is expected to trigger $17m in production.
The sequel to the 2005 film hit financial difficulties in 2011 when private investor Geoffrey Edelsten agreed to put in $5m toward the sequel but was later accused of failing to honour his commitment, according to the Australian Financial Review.
In a counter-suit, Edelsten claimed he was misled into being the major private investor.
The original film made $27.762m at the worldwide box office, according to tracking site Box Office Mojo.
Ruth Harley, CEO of Screen Australia said: “The long-awaited return of the mad killer Mick Taylor in the sequel to Wolf Creek comes from an experienced team which can take advantage of the significant pre-existing market awareness both in Australia and overseas.”
Wolf Creek 2 will be distributed by Roadshow Films with international sales by Arclight Films.
Rolf De Heer’s Charlie’s Country, with Indigenous actor David Gulpilil attached, and Nils Erik Nielsen and Peter Djigirr to produce will also receive funding. Hopscotch are to distribute and international sales Fandango Portobello.
Michael and Peter Spiereg’s Predestination has also received funding. The team who created Daybreakers is adapting the story from the short story by sci-fi writer Robert A Heinlein “All You Zombies”. The film will be distributed by Pinnacle Films with Arclight as international sales agent.