June 01, 2006
The Hollywood Reporter

'Eagle' lands with Miramax

As business begun at the Festival de Cannes wraps up, Miramax Films has acquired North American rights to the comedy "Eagle vs. Shark," the debut feature from New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi. Palm Pictures has acquired North American rights to "Ten Canoes," an Australian feature directed by Rolf de Heer and co-directed by Peter Djigirr. Waititi's short film "Two Cars, One Night" was nominated for an Oscar as best live-action short in 2005, and his second short "Tamu tu" received the Special Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival that same year. His first feature "Eagle," a comic account of two misfits searching for acceptance, was developed at the Directors and Screenwriters Lab at the Sundance Institute. Currently in postproduction after shooting in and around Wellington, N.Z., it stars New Zealanders Loren Horsley and Jemaine Clement. Horsley developed the character while collaborating with Waititi on the script. Ainsley Gardiner and Cliff Curtis of Whenua Films are producers. (Gregg Kilday)