Sam Worthington will star in the upcoming Australian thriller Gold, which Saboteur Media represents worldwide and has introduced to Cannes buyers.
President of distribution Mark Lindsay has begun talks on the Croisette on the story about two men travelling through a remote desert who stumble across what they believe it the biggest gold nugget ever found.
They hatch a plan to excavate the treasure. One leaves to secure equipment while the other stays behind to protect the discovery.
Anthony Hayes (Animal Kingdom) also stars and the producers aim to announce more cast in Cannes. Anthony Hayes and Polly Smyth wrote the screenplay and Anthony Hayes will direct.
Producing are John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz through their Deeper Water Films, and Anthony Hayes via Rogue Star Pictures.
Screen Australia, South Australian Film Corporation and Film Victoria assisted in the project’s development, and principal photography is scheduled to commence in South Australia in September.
“When I read Anthony and Polly’s screenplay, I knew this was something we wanted to do and when Sam committed that brought the whole project together for us,” said Lindsay. “This is the third project Saboteur is working on with the Schwarz Brothers after Stingray, which is in pre-production which Anthony Hayes also wrote and will direct in early 2020, and Danger Close: The Battle Of Long Tan, which is being released August 8th wide in Australia by Transmission.
Hayes added, “I’m extremely excited to bring this bunch of ultra-talented people to this film from Polly Smyth, John and Michael Schwarz, to Sam Worthington, it’s a life time of personal friendships coming together professionally at the right time. This is a bold film with a unique voice and a lot of love in its sails.”