David Michod to write, direct story created with Joel Edgerton

Aussie filmmaker David Michod has finally settled on his follow-up to “Animal Kingdom,” as he’s set to write and direct “The Rover” for David Linde’s Lava Bear banner and Oz-based Porchlight Films.

Michod is writing the script, based on an idea he and “Animal Kingdom” star Joel Edgerton originated. Story follows a man on a mission to retrieve his stolen car, which contains something invaluable to him.

Linde will produce for Lava Bear, while Liz Watts will produce for Porchlight; Tory Metzger will oversee the project for Lava Bear. Producers are eyeing a fall start date in Australia.

Michod recently co-wrote the Sundance short “Bear” with director Nash Edgerton, Joel’s older brother. Trio are part of the Blue-Tongue Films collective that also includes “Hesher” helmer Spencer Susser and Kieran Darcy-Smith (“Wish You Were Here”). Michod is also directing a segment of “Sydney Unplugged,” a series of short films set in Australia’s largest city.

Joel Edgerton, who recently starred in “Warrior” and is filming Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled military thriller, continues to remain a double threat, having sold his spec script “One Night Stand” to New Regency back in January. Thesp will soon be seen in Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” which WB opens Christmas Day.

Lava Bear is developing an untitled love story involving a giant, which Gil Kenan is attached to direct from his own script.

Porchlight, which produced “Animal Kingdom,” recently produced Willem Dafoe-starrer “The Hunter” and Cate Shortland’s “Lore.”

Michod is repped by UTA, Cameron Creswell Agency and attorney Alan Wertheimer, while Edgerton is repped by CAA, Shanahan Management and attorney Robert S. Wallerstein.

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