Kidnap and Pusher remake helmer Luis Prieto will direct Flight Risk according to Stewart Clark at Variety. Great Point is handling international sales on the project from Automatic Media whose Ray Haboush (The Last House On The Left) and Robert Aaronson (Chocolate City) are producing. Great Point co-founders Robert Halmi and Jim Reeve will serve as executive producers.
It was a breath of fresh air for director Luis Prieto whose last few years left his recent road thriller, Kidnap on ice as studio misgivings kept it shelved. With David Dinerstein’s launch of Aviron Pictures this year, the new movie has since landed a distributor, and as of Friday, a brand new trailer to remind already-impressed moviegoers why they’ll be setting at date sometime around August 4 to head to the movies.
It’s been a long, exasperating odyssey for director Luis Prieto’s thriller, Kidnap. The Halle Berry-led film was once housed at Relativity and remained stagnant despite planting several release dates since October of 2015 with this March’s date failing to hold together as the studio drowned in mostly negative press in the last few years regarding their financial recovery.
So what now? Well with Cannes looming, Paramount Classics and Fox Searchlight’s own David Dinerstein is launching his own distribution outlet with Aviron Pictures as they set out to the festival to acquire titles while ramping up their staff. As for Kidnap, the long-awaited action thriller is first on their list of current and forthcoming acquisitions with a release date now stamped for August 4, 2017.
Berry produced the film as well as leads the cast for the riveting story of a dauntless mother hot on the tail of a mysterious abductor who takes her young son in broad daylight. Knate Lee wrote the screenplay with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam, and Joey Tufaro, Gregory Chou, and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas also producing.
“Kidnap is a film we really believe in,” says Dinerstein who took all U.S. rights to the Luis Prieto-directed thriller.
“The executives at Aviron have been passionate, treated us as collaborators, and demonstrated real outside-of-the-box thinking,” said producers di Bonaventura and Berry in a statement. “We know Kidnap is in very capable hands.”
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