Sparke Films is set to roll cameras on their latest film PRIMITIVE WAR.

Written and directed by Luke Sparke (Occupation Rainfall, Bring Him To Me), the film is based on the cult-followed book by Ethan Pettus where a squad of soldiers in 1968 discover that dinosaurs have been let loose in the jungles of the Vietnam war. A recon unit known as Vulture Squad is sent to an isolated jungle valley to uncover the fate of a missing Green Beret platoon. They soon discover they are not alone.

The prehistoric sci-fi film features dinosaurs that are more scientifically and historically accurate, compared to other counterpart films. It also blends action with survival-horror and war themes.

A stellar cast has joined the wild ride, which promises: “This ain’t no walk in the park” The internationally recognised players include Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Winner, Jeremy Piven (Entourage, Old School), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Lucifer), Screen Actors Guild Nominee Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, Red Hill) and Nick Wechsler (The Boys, Revenge).

The film also includes a slew of ensemble talent including Anthony Ingruber (Age of Adaline, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny), Aaron Glenane (Interceptor, Danger Close), Carlos Sanson Jr (Bump, Legacies), Ana Thu Nguyen (Mortal Kombat 2), Adolphus Waylee (Nautilus), Richard Brancatisano (The Messenger, After the Verdict), Marcus Johnson (Talk to Me, Bring Him to Me) and Jake Ryan (Savage, Underbelly).

PRIMITIVE WAR is another big swing for Australian director Luke Sparke. “I was captivated by the imagery surrounding Ethan’s book and the story it told. I’ve work hard on capturing that essence but also the grittiness, horror aspects and military edge. My vison is to feel like the characters have walked out of the film ‘platoon’ and into the jaws of the greatest predators the planet has ever known’ said Sparke during pre-production. Rounding out team Sparke are accomplished producers Carmel Imrie, Carly Sparke, executive producers Geoff Imrie, Luke Sparke and Co Producer Alex Becconsall. Wade Muller (Occupation Rainfall) is handling Cinematographer duties.

Primitive War author Ethan Pettus adds: “I’m thrilled to see Luke’s interpretation of my work. I know his team is giving this project everything they’ve got.’

Primitive War is being filmed on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, and will employ a majority local crew and cast topping over 200 jobs and countless services for the area.

Sparke Films is eyeing a 2025 release.

Luke Sparke is represented by Ben Levine and Vivek Kolli at Link Entertainment and Mark Morrissey of Morrissey Management. Piven is repped by Laura Pallas at Artist Collective Entertainment and Kwanten is repped by Jennifer Naughton at RGM. Helfer is repped by Gordon Gilbertson of Gilbertson Entertainment and Nate Steadman of Gersh. Wechsler is repped by Gordon Gilbertson of Gilbertson Entertainment and Stephen LaManna from Innovative Artists.