Toa Fraser Explores Maori Martial Arts In THE DEAD LANDS
Yes, The Dead Lands is a period set action epic based entirely in the traditional Maori fighting arts. James Rolleston (Boy), Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, George Henare and Rena Owen star with principal photography beginning on Monday. Sales and production company XYZ Films (where, yes, I'm a partner, full disclosure, etc etc) will handle all international business on the film with XYZ's Australian exec Simon de Bruyn (hey! that's a familiar name, too!) telling Screen, "[The Dead Lands] is an important film. These guys are bringing Maori history and culture to life in an authentic, unsparing, and dramatically spectacular way."After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, Hongi - a Maori chieftan's teenage son - must avenge his father's murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones. Vastly outnumbered by the band of villains, Hongi's only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious "Warrior," a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years.
That's the first piece of concept art above and keep an eye out for stills and other materials as production moves along.