MOTOR CITY: Alan Ritchson Heads ‘Wanted’ Director’s Next Actioner
It’s not the Wanted sequel some fans may still be pining for, but a Temur Bekmambetov-directed action picture is still something people will line up for, and here to test that theory is the upcoming Cannes sales launch by Black Bear International for action thriller, Motor City, starring Alan Ritchson.
Ritchson will play John Miller, a Detroit man released from prison, who unleashes a rampage of brutal vengeance on those who framed him. The Detroit-set film will be “characterized by immersive visual storytelling, with stunningly choreographed and stylized action sequences,” according to a statement.
Variety’s Leo Barraclough notes that WME Independent will co-represent domestic rights on Motor City with Stampede at the Marche du Film.
Pic hails from Stampede Ventures with Black Bear also on board as exec producers. The actor’s next big move will see him pursuing Vin Diesel & Co. this month in Louis Leterrier’s Fast X and appearing in Lionsgate’s upcoming drama, Ordinary Angels, opposite Hilary Swank this October. The actor is also in toe with a second season of Amazon hit series, “Reacher”.
Barraclough also reports that multi-Grammy winner Jack White, who is also a Detroit, Michigan native Jack White will handle musical direction for the film for Third Man Records.
“We have an incredible script that takes us into a gruesomely dark world. I’m thrilled to bring this story to life on the big screen. With the help of our amazing cast and the talented production team, we’re poised to create a cinematic spectacle,” said Bekmambetov.
Stampede’s Greg Silverman and Jon Berg will produce the action flick, alongside Cliff Roberts and Chad St. John who also penned the script, according to Barraclough.
“Timur is a visual composer; he is one of the most innovative auteurs of our time with the ability to create stylistic action sequences,” said Silverman and Berg. “Having worked with Alan before on the upcoming ‘Ordinary Angels,’ his range and balance of the physical and emotional is what makes him an exciting new generation action star.”
Read more at Variety.
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