AFTER 35 years and a failed attempt by actress Julia Roberts to bring it to the big screen, the story of solo adventuress Robyn Davidson and her nine-month trek across Australia’s central desert is to be made into a film.
The ethereal Mia Wasikowska will play the intrepid Davidson, while Adam Driver, of the HBO series Girls, will take on the role of Rick Smolan, the brash former National Geographic photographer who documented Davidson’s trek, in a $12 million production that will begin filming on October 8 in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
In 1977 Davidson, with four camels and her dog, Diggity, set out to cross Australia’s heartland for no better reason than she had wanted to find herself. She was mystified when her personal odyssey became the stuff of international headlines. Incorrectly reported as missing, she was pursued by paparazzi and had to shoot her beloved Diggity when the dog took poison bait.
Tracks is being produced by Emile Sherman and Iain Canning of See-Saw Films, whose credits include The King’s Speech, Shame, and Oranges and Sunshine. It is being co-produced by Julie Ryan, maker of Red Dog and Ten Canoes. The film is to be directed by John Curran, from The Painted Veil and Praise, who also wrote the screenplay with Marion Nelson.
Davidson’s journey was one of the great Australian stories that begged to be adapted for the big screen, Sherman says.
”Robyn, played by Mia Wasikowska, undertakes such an epic journey, doing what I suspect many of us wish we had the courage to do: to cast off the shackles of our lives, going as far away as possible from the noise of civilisation, and to find out how we would manage truly alone.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Mia Wasikowska is set to star in the indie drama “Tracks,” produced by “The King’s Speech” duo Emile Sherman and Iain Canning.
John Curran (“The Painted Veil”) directs the pic, which tells the true story of how a young woman, Robyn Davidson, traveled more than 1,678 miles through the Australian desert in 1977.
Script is based on Davidson’s memoir of the same name and is produced through Sherman and Canning’s See-Saw Films banner. HanWay Films, which is repping international sales on the pic, has already sold the pic to Alliance Films’ Brit arm Momentum Pictures for the U.K. — Momentum has a first-look deal with See-Saw — Transmission for Australia and New Zealand, Ascot Elite for Switzerland and BIM for Italy.
The territorial sales complete the financing for the pic alongside Screen Australia and Aver Media.
HanWay Films sold See-Saw’s last pic “Shame,” helmed by Steve McQueen, to a raft of countries.
“John is an incredibly talented filmmaker and we feel the story of one woman, transforming her life by attempting the impossible, is both universal and timely,” said Sherman and Canning.
Davidson, who was celebrated internationally as “The Camel Lady,” was accompanied on her journey by her four camels and dog while the trip was documented through the photography of Rick Smolan, who covered the journey for the National Geographic magazine.
Pic is skedded to lense in Australia in the fall.
According to Hit Flix Mia Wasikowska will be staring in a new production called Carol alongside fellow Australian, Cate Blanchett!
Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska are set to star together in the upcoming romantic drama “Carol.”
Set in 1950s New York, the film will trace the lives of two very different women — a twenty-something department store employee (Wasikowska) and a wife and mother (Blanchett) who feels trapped in a loveless marriage — whose circumstances ultimately bring them together.
“Carol” is based on the novella “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith, whose work has been adapted for the big screen in such noted suspense films as Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train” and, later “The Talented Mr Ripley,” starring Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow. Originally published in 1952 under the pseudonym Claire Morgan, the controversial “Salt” broke new ground in dealing with lesbian themes.