By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire May 31, 2012 at 1:38PM
ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to “Red Dog,” starring Josh Lucas. The family film, directed by Kriv Stenders, has become the eighth-highest-grossing film in Australia since its release in August 2011.
Based on a true story and adapted from the Louis de Bernières novel, “Red Dog” follows the adventures of a dog that wandered the Western Australian outback in the 1970s, living briefly with various people before settling down with Lucas’s character. Rachael Taylor also stars, and Woss Group Film Productions (“Ned Kelly”) produced.
“‘Red Dog’ is a special film,” said ARC Entertainment CEO Trevor Drinkwater. “It is uniquely entertaining and will make you laugh, cry and fall in love with the characters. We are looking forward to making it a success in the US off the heels of the impressive Australian release.”
ARC’s Rich Goldberg and Peter Jarowey negotiated the deal with ICM Partners, which reps Stenders.
Woss is developing a musical based on the film, as well as a sequel.