May 22nd, 2012 / 12 Comments

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According to Porchlight Films‘ media release:

“FilmNation Entertainment has acquired the majority of worldwide rights to The Rover from Animal Kingdom writer-director David Michôd. Michôd has written the script based on a story he conceived with Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby).

This deal marks FilmNation’s migration into the acquisition space after ramping up their film investments and development slate. In addition to a full-fledged international sales arm, the banner now effectively develops, finances, and produces projects in-house as well as acquiring filmmaker driven content.

The Rover is set in the Australian desert in a dangerous and dysfunctional near future. Eric has left everything and every semblance of human kindness behind him. When his last possession, his car, is stolen by a gang of dangerous criminals, Eric sets off to track them down and is forced along the way to enlist the help of Reynolds, the naïve simpleton member of the gang left behind in the bloody chaos of the gang’s most recent escape. [Maria:  “naive simpleton” – who surfs surely right – just putting it out there]

David Linde will produce for Lava Bear Films, while Liz Watts will produce for Porchlight Films. Tory Metzger, President of Lava Bear, will oversee the production for the company. The film will also be produced in association with Blue Tongue Films, the directors collective of which Michôd is a member. Production will begin late 2012 in Australia.

FilmNation Entertainment’s Glen Basner said: “I loved Animal Kingdom and am thrilled to collaborate with such an exciting talent as David Michod. This film represents another big step for FilmNation as we continue to invest in high caliber films. The Rover is going to be one kick ass flick.”

Writer-director David Michôd said: “It’s a pretty clearly encouraging indicator for me with a new project when people of serious smarts and taste want to be involved and be involved early. I really feel like I’ve received that tick of approval in a big way today from the good folk at FilmNation.”

Added producer David Linde: “David Michôd has an incredibly unique voice and style that has already been acclaimed around the world. The Rover continues this style of combining powerful imagery with a story that draws you in from the opening scene. We are very pleased that FilmNation has joined us as our partner in both the US and other places around the globe.”

Producer Liz Watts said: “We are looking forward to working with David once again on The Rover – an international story of iconic proportions, imbued with the distinctiveness of David’s direction and storytelling with an Australian background not seen before. It’s
fantastic to be partnering with FilmNation on the film, and together with Lava Bear we are all looking forward to getting into production.”

Territories excluded in the deal are: UK, Latin America, Australia & NZ, Benelux, Scandinavia, Greece, Indonesia, Middle East, Poland, Croatia/Slovenia, Romania/Bulgaria/Hungary, Serbia and Turkey.  …”

Aussies don’t panic – Porchlight Films has its own distribution company, Jetty Distribution.

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May 8th, 2012 / 10 Comments

I thought The Rover was a done deal, but some articles are conflicting mentioning Rob’s still in negotiations.   I don’t want to set the cat amongst the pigeons, so I’m going to go with “it’s a done deal” – what?  like Rob fans aren’t already called delusional on a daily basis LOL.

Anyway, IMBbPro, which I know gets it wrong how often … lots, has updated since Friday adding Rob as “in negotiations”.  It’s also added to Rob’s “Projects in Development”


“Producer Liz Watts is calling David Michod’s new film The Rover “a dirty and dangerous near-future western set in the Australian desert” [Maria:  actually that’s the description that has been on IMDbPro – coincidence].

She confirmed what the Internet is buzzing about: that Guy Pearce and Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson are in discussions to play, respectively, a man in pursuit of the people who stole his car and the brother of one of the thieves in Michod’s follow-up to Animal Kingdom.

Reluctantly, Watts also added a few more details: it is hoped that The Rover will go into production late in the year and discussions about the project started 18 months ago between Michod and US producer David Linde.”


“With a setup that sounds like some sort of bleak, modern day western, Pearce will play a man in pursuit of the men who have stolen his car. Which he really, really wants back for unspecified reasons. Cast opposite Pearce is Robert Pattinson, who plays the brother of one of the thieves, badly injured in a confrontation with police.” [Maria:  so is Rob badly injured or his brother badly injured – so much ambiguity]

Seriously, stop trying to rain on our parade … oh and since when do we Aussies refer to “westerns”  – that would be never.

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May 4th, 2012 / 36 Comments


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I’m not even going to pretend that I can function today – especially when Cara Nash of FilmInk Australia intros her article “Pattinson & Pearce To Headline David Michod’s ‘The Rover’ like this:

 “The two actors will head down under for the new Aussie film

Aussie director David Michod, who critics were falling over themselves to heap praise on for 2010’s Animal Kingdom, has just cast Robert Pattinson as one of the leads in his new film, The Rover. The film will also star Guy Pearce, who impressed as a detective in the director’s debut. 

The Rover follows a man (Pearce) hunting down a gang of thieves who stole his car as they venture across the Australian outback. Pattinson will play Reynolds, the brother of one of the thieves who is left behind when a police encounter goes wrong…

Doing a good job of breaking the teenage heartthrob mould he garnered for playing Edward in the Twilight franchise, Pattinson top-lines the David Cronenberg-directed Cosmopolis, which will be unveiled at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

The actor was also recently cast in Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s Mission Blacklist, where he will play a soldier hunting down Saddam Hussein.

 We have to say we’re most looking forward to seeing Pattinson crack the Aussie accent…”

Cara I am sure there are loads of us here willing to help Rob perfect the Aussie drawl  j/s

 PS. Ironic that it was a year ago today (meaning Friday not actual date of 6 May) that Rob was photographed at Luna Park with the Bridge behind him – just think it was 5 hours to go before we saw him *swoon*.

May 4th, 2012 / 53 Comments

Sweet lord I must have done something good in the last few months because Rob and Guy Pearce in a film together is just too much.  The last 24 hours have been heaven, but according to Variety

“Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce are in negotiations to star in David Michod’s “Rover.”

Pearce will star as a man who after having his car stolen by a group of men pursues them through the wild and rugged Australian Outback. Pattinson will portray one of the thiefs.

Michod will helm and wrote the script which based on an idea he and “Animal Kingdom” star Joel Edgerton originated. David Linde and Liz Watts will produce through Linde’s Lava Bear banner and Porchlight Films.

Pattinson is repped by WME and 3 Arts. Pearce is repped by CAA.”

Oh and girls its supposed to start filming in Australia in our Spring.    *_______________________________________*

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