‘Rover’ fetches pre-sales at Toronto

FilmNation acquired majority of sales rights during Cannes

David Michod’s drama “The Rover,” starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, has generated pre-sales in several key territories.

Pic has been sold in territories including the UK, Canada and Benelux to eOne, Scandinavia to Nordisk, Latin America to Sun Distribution, the Middle East to Italia Film, and Eastern Europe excluding Russia to Revolutionary Releasing. Village Roadshow previously picked up the film in Australia and New Zealand.

Set in the near future, pic stars Pearce as a hardened loner who travels the desolate towns and roads of the Australian outback. When a brutal gang of thieves steals his car and only remaining possession, they leave behind one of their own (Pattinson), who the protag forces to help him take back the one thing that matters to him.

FilmNation Entertainment acquired the majority of worldwide sales rights during Cannes in May and will continue to introduce the film to buyers in Toronto. FilmNation is also repping U.S. sales with UTA Independent Film Group.

“We’ve had a great response from buyers so far,” said FilmNation’s Glen Basner. “David has emerged as an innovative filmmaker, generating much anticipation for his next film among both distributors and audiences worldwide.”

David Linde will produce for Lava Bear Films, while Liz Watts will produce for Porchlight Films with Michôd, who also wrote the script based on a story he conceived with Joel Edgerton.