One of Australia’s most notorious bushrangers is headed to the US, with Odin’s Eye Entertainment selling North American rights to The Legend of Ben Hall to Vega Baby.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news of the Berlin sale, the Singapore-based company will give the film a multiplatform theatrical release later this year via its distribution pact with Sony.
Odin’s Eye CEO Michael Favelle told IF that discussions with Vega Baby had begun at the American Film Market in Los Angeles last November.
The Aussie sales agent was attracted not only to Vega Baby’s access to the North American market via Sony, “but also their passion and depth of knowledge of the market and potential for Westerns in the USA.”
“USA is obviously Mecca for westerns and Vega Baby loved the authenticity and action packed story that The Legend of Ben Hall provides,” said Favelle.
The film, written and directed by Matthew Holmes, had a theatrical release in Australia last December thanks to Pinnacle Films.
Shot across rural NSW, it stars Jack Martin in the titular role, alongside William Lee, Joanne Dobbin and The Great Gatsby‘s Callan McAullife.
Russell Cunningham, Jessica Pearce and Favelle produced, while Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and Ross Angelo were the executive producers.