The television series continuation of the popular Wolf Creek franchise has been sold to a UK broadcaster.
Wolf Creek, produced in Australia for SVOD streamer Stan, has made its first international sale to Fox UK. Foreign sales are handled by Banijay International.
Stan program chief Nick Forward told Mediaweek that discussions first began at MIPTV in April where the show was screened for international distributors: “It had a successful launch at MiP TV back in April where we had a huge presence there. For us, Fox was always one of our preferred homes for it, given their history. In the UK, they are one of the premium destinations for this sort of content. Not just genre content, but historically they’re the place that first broke The Wire. Now they run The Walking Dead. They run all the Fox International shows as well, like Outcast.”
As an established property that carried strong buzz, Wolf Creek was a prime candidate for Stan to greenlight. The film, which earned $16,188,180 locally, was also a success in the UK where it pulled in an additional £1,681,422.
The international footprint of Wolf Creek was one of the metrics Forward and his team considered.
“As we built the business plan, we looked at where Wolf Creek itself had been successful theatrically and, interestingly, I think it was the UK and Germany right at the top of the list,” Forward said.
The team at Stan are also eyeing a US sale off the back of this UK sale. Forward explained that “We also knew, not necessarily in terms of giant box office, but in terms of general awareness of Greg and the property, it has been influential in the US. Given that they were English speaking, the US and UK were obviously the ones we were most interested in.”
Although Stan are yet to reveal viewing figures for Wolf Creek, a follow-up series is still on the table. A coy Forward revealed that “it has been a huge success for it and we are considering options in terms of subsequent seasons. I wouldn’t rule it out.”