Embankment Films have launched international sales and will partner with WME on the US rights for DRIVEN, starring Jason Sudeikis (Colossal, Horrible Bosses, We’re The Millers), Lee Pace (The Guardians of the Galaxy, Lincoln, The Hobbit trilogy) and Timothy Olyphant (Snowden, Hitman, Justified, Deadwood), a turbo-charged moment-in-time story of the FBI sting operation to entrap maverick car designer John DeLorean.
Sudeikis stars as Jim Hoffman, a con artist turned informer by the FBI in the war on drugs. Olyphant plays his handler, determined to snare the world-famous but enigmatic DeLorean (Pace), desperate for cash to finance his dream of designing the ultimate car of the future, in a drug deal that would become the most lurid celebrity scandal of the 1980s.
Embankment’s Tim Haslam quotes; ‘DRIVEN is fuelled by big dreams, big characters and grand delusions. A commercially distinctive Californian thrill-ride – stranger than fiction, fist-punching entertainment; an infamous cautionary tale of entrapment and betrayal.’
DRIVEN reunites the creative team honed on Venice and Toronto festival hit The Journey: director Nick Hamm (The Hole, Killing Bono), writer Colin Bateman (Wild About Harry) and producer Piers Tempest (The Wife, Churchill).
Producer Tempest quotes; ‘Jason and Lee pair in the main roles as a charismatic and risk-taking duo. And we’re excited to expand upon a great filmmaking partnership between Colin and Nick formed on The Journey; in which they were so adept at creating an enticing and funny story of sworn enemies making peace possible.’
Director Hamm quotes; ‘All filmmakers are suckers for a good story, and this is a great one – and as yet, untold. It’s about ambition, success and failure in a decade where everything began to change. It’s also an intelligent and personal drama about fighting for personal success. An edge-of-your seat, character driven and comic wink to the world of power suits, discos and vice. Above all, it’s damn good fun. Jason Sudeikis and Lee Pace are a charismatic and powerful duo that I’m proud to work with and know will deliver unique performances.’
Principal photography on DRIVEN begins in Puerto Rico, September 2017.
Driven is produced by Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford’s Tempo Productions and Luillo Ruiz of the Pimienta Film Company. Tempo developed the screenplay with the assistance of Northern Ireland Screen. Walter Josten of Blue Rider Pictures is Executive Producing and Blue Rider Pictures is financing. Pic will shoot September in Puerto Rico.
Jason Sudeikis is represented by Jason Heyman at UTA and managed by Geoff Cheddy at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Lee Pace is represented by Sean Grumman and managed by Arri Greenburg at WME and managed by Kim Hodgert at Anonymous Content. Timothy Olyphant is managed by Colton Gramm at Brillstein Entertainment Partners.