Russell Mucahy’s intriguing new Australian feature In Like Flynn wrapped filming this week.
In 1930, in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, whilst serving as a guide for a Hollywood producer, a young Errol Flynn discovers a map on a dead prospector that he believes will lead to a fortune in gold. Back on the streets of Depression-era Sydney, Flynn rounds up a ragtag crew including Rex, a Canadian ex-bootlegger, Dook, an English gentleman handy with a pistol and Charlie, a grizzled old salt. After stealing the Sirocco, a yacht belonging to Chinese Opium smugglers.
Flynn and crew set sail. They quickly learn just how treacherous a voyage up the Australian east coast can be, running afoul of drunken cowboys, corrupt cops and local thugs before being intercepted by Chinese pirates, who are hell bent on retrieving the Sirocco and the several pounds of opium stashed in it hold.
As the motley crew make a final dash for New Guinea, Flynn is forced to learn what it means to be a real captain, and a master of his own destiny. In Like Flynn is a mythical and satirical coming-of-age story about four men on a journey to find hope, adventure and fortune in an age when the world was spiraling into despair.
“It’s been incredible fun to work on this project,” said Mulcahy.
“Flynn was amazing in the way he took on life, head on, and we get to show that. To say Flynn was fearless is pretty accurate, he went for it in a way that embraced every opportunity that came his way and he had this natural charisma that made people believe in him and of course we all saw that on screen when he hit Hollywood.”
Tom Cocquerel stars as Flynn alongside William Mosely (The Royals, Clive Standen (Vikings) and Corey Large. Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them) is playing larger than life producer Joel Schwartz in the film, the man who encouraged Flynn to head for Hollywood. David Wenham and Isabel Lucas also star.
In Like Flynn is eyeing a 2018 release.