The director of the 2010 Australian film adaption of John Marsden’s book Tomorrow When The War Began has revealed why a sequel was never filmed.
The film follows a group of eight Australian teenagers who are forced to band together on a camping trip when the country is invaded and their families kidnapped. Its ensemble cast featured Lincoln Lewis, Caitlin Stasey, Chris Pang, Phoebe Tonkin, Deniz Akdeniz, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Andy Ryan and Ashleigh Cummings.
Director Stuart Beattie was speaking in a ten-year reunion Zoom call for the film’s cast, led by Ryan, who plays Chris Lang in the movie.
Beattie said they had originally planned to make three films and a television series spin-off, but the production company was slow to show support.
“I had written the outlines for two and three and submitted them to Omni Lab company, who made the film, probably somewhere in post in 2010… but they never made a deal, they never engaged me,” Beattie explained.
“Months went by and they still hadn’t called. I had to get another job. I had to put food on the table.”
Beattie said the film made “a good amount of money”, but claimed the worldwide release was “botched”. Watch the full discussion below:
“It would have been nice to go do it again. It especially makes it worse when Stuart [Beattie] is on set telling you how awesome the next one is going to be,” Akdeniz, who played Homer Yannos in the film, added.
Beattie also revealed Margot Robbie, Emily Browning and Mia Wasikowska all unsuccessfully auditioned for roles in the film.
Elsewhere in the discussion, the cast reminisced on moments on set and discussed how everyone’s careers had progressed. Pang, who plays Lee Takkam in the film, had most notably featured in Crazy Rich Asians alongside fellow Aussie Ronnie Chieng.