15 years ago, mid 2001 BMW Films released the first of its Hire short films Executive Produced by David Fincher and starring Clive Owen as The Driver - Ambush, a 6 minute short film directed by the legendary John Frankenheimer, known for his action drama as much as he is for high velocity car chases, perhaps the most apt choice to kick off a series of films based around high performance vehicles.
|BMW THe Hire Clive Owen|
For the second season Tony and Ridley Scott picked up the reigns to produce: John Woo's Hostage, Tony Scott's unforgettable (and perhaps the pinnacle of the Hire Series) Beat the Devil based on an original David Fincher concept and starring James Brown and Gary Oldman alongside Clive Owen.
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The second series culminated in late 2002 with the eighth and final film Joe Carnahan's Ticker also based on a David Fincher idea.
Each film was a unique story, with David Fincher and Ridley and Tony Scott acting as executive producers. The films were helmed by acclaimed directors John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar Wai, Guy Ritchie, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, John Woo, Joe Carnahan and Tony Scott, and featured stars like Madonna, Gary Oldman, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, F. Murray Abraham and James Brown.
Available only online and released four years before the invention of YouTube, the films were critically-acclaimed and fifteen years later still have a cult following.
Well here we are some 14 years later and earlier this month BMW Films surprised us with the release of a trailer for The Escape a ninth Hire short film directed by Neill Blomkamp.
|BMW The Hire The Escape Clive Owen Poster [enlarge]|
Today we got Neill Blomkamp's full 13 and a half minute short film starring Clive Owen as The Driver, Dakota Fanning as Lily, Jon Berthnal as Holt and Vera Farmiga as Dr. Phillips.
And it would seem that this is the first in a new series.
For more information and to see trailers and behind the scenes photos and video head over to:
BMW Films | The Escape
Director: Neill Blomkamp | https://www.instagram.com/neillblomkamp/ | https://twitter.com/NeillBlomkamp
Director of Photography: Manoel Ferreira | http://www.manoelferreira.co.za/
Writers: Neill Blomkamp, David Carter
Action Supervisor: Guy Norris
The Establishing Shot: HE'S BACK! CLIVE OWEN IS THE DRIVER FOR HIRE SEE NEILL BLOMKAMP'S SHORT FILM THE ESCAPE FOR BMW ALSO STARRING JON BERNTHAL, DAKOTA FANNING & VERA FARMIGA - WATCH THIS!
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