Following a successful limited theatrical run, writer-director Taika Waititi’s coming of age adventure Hunt for the Wilderpeople is finally heading to home video September 13 as a one-week iTunes exclusive purchase before launching on other platforms. The iTunes release will include an exclusive intro by Waititi, along with never-before-seen director’s commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette and gallery, bloopers and more.
Featuring a breakout performance by newcomer Julian Dennison, the film follows Ricky (Dennison), a city kid raised on hip-hop and foster care who gets a fresh start when he moves in with new guardians living in the New Zealand countryside. After an unexpected tragedy threatens to send Ricky off to another foster home, he runs off into the strikes that threatens to ship him to another home, he runs off into the Bush followed by grumpy foster uncle Hec (Sam Neill). As a national manhunt begins, the two must learn to get along and work together in order to survive.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople was a breakout hit in January at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was quickly snatched up by The Orchard in a $2 million deal. It went on to become distributor’s highest grossing film so far this year, as well as the third-highest grossing film to come out of Sundance 2016. The film is Waititi’s second collaboration with The Orchard, who also released his acclaimed 2014 horror-comedy What We Do In The Shadows.
Waititi’s next project is the currently in-production Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel, due in theaters November, 2017. He also wrote the first draft for the script to Disney’s upcoming animated feature Moana.