Sundance: The Orchard Nabs Taika Waititi’s ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’

Hunt for the Wilderpeople Sundance 2016
Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

The Orchard has acquired all North American distribution rights to Taika Waititi’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” for just under $2 million. There will be a traditional theatrical release.

The coming-of-age dramedy from New Zealand has been closely watched because director Waititi has been handed the reigns of one of Marvel’s top franchises. He will direct “Thor: Ragnarok.”

The film centers on a city kid who has to adjust to life in the countryside. Tragedy intervenes and he finds himself on the run with his uncle, trying to stay one step ahead of a national manhunt.

Reviews out of Sundance have been solid. Variety critic Dennis Harvey called the film “a pleasing comedy-adventure that pays cheeky homage to some early New Zealand classics” in his review.

Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales for the film, with CAA co-repping in North America. CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers and Craig Sussman on behalf of The Orchard.

Deadline first reported the news.