The sequel to Australia’s highest grossing R-rated film ever has started production in South Australia after long delays.
Wolf Creek 2 has begun principal photography, again helmed by writer-director-producer Greg Mclean.
It will be a welcome relief to Mclean after the film struggled to get off the ground due to financing issues. In 2011 private investor Geoffrey Edelsten agreed to $5m investment but was later accused of failing to honour his commitment.
In a counter-suit, Edelsten claimed he was misled into being the major private investor.
The film was back on track by September but Edelsten has not returned as an investor in the project.
However the film does see the return of notorious pig hunter Mick Taylor played by John Jarratt, currently seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.
Mclean said: “It’s really exciting to work with John Jarratt once more to delve deeper into the fascinating character of Mick Taylor. We’ve assembled a phenomenal cast and crew who are all working incredibly hard to deliver an even more thrilling ride than the first movie. It’s bigger, badder and should be a wild experience for audiences all over the world.”
Joining Jarrett on the seven-week shoot are younger actors Ryan Corr of Not Suitable For Children and Packed to the Rafters, Shannon Ashlyn of Puberty Blues and Devil’s Dust and Philipe Klaus of Rake.
The film is co-written by Aaron Sterns with Mclean and produced by Mclean, Swerve’s Helen Leake and Crawlspace’s Steve Topic.
The film will be distributed locally by Roadshow Films and handled internationally by Arclight Films.
Roadshow Films managing director, Joel Pearlman said: “The original Wolf Creek had an amazing response from the Australian audience, so we are thrilled to be part of the team bringing the next instalment of this chilling story back to the nation.”
The line-up of crew also includes cinematographer Toby Oliver who shot Beneath Hill 60, Tomorrow When the War Began’s production designer Rob Webb, Red hill’s costume designer Nicola Dunn, Swerve’s editor Sean Lahiff and Composer Johnny Klimek who worked on the forthcoming Cloud Atlas.
A release date has yet to be set.