Image Entertainment Nabs Drive Hard
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Image Entertainment, an RLJ
Entertainment (Nasdaq:RLJE) brand, has acquired all U.S. rights at the
American Film Market to the action film Drive Hard starring John Cusack (The
Number Station, 2012) and Thomas Jane (The Punisher). Drive Hard recently
finished production in Australia and is set for a theatrical release in 2014.
The film is directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith from a screenplay by Chad Law
and Evan Law. Bill Bromiley, Image Entertainment's Chief Acquisitions Officer,
made the announcement today.
"We're thrilled to have another opportunity to work with John Cusack," says
Bromiley. "The Numbers Station was a great acquisition for us, bringing us
much success. This action film pushes limits, engaging audiences to new
Drive Hard centers on a former race car driver turned driver's training
instructor (Jane) who is abducted by a mysterious thief (Cusack) and forced to
be the wheelman for a crime that puts both in the sights of the cops and the
mob and leads them all on a chase across Australia's Gold Coast.
The deal was negotiated by Bromiley, Mark Ward and Michael Bayer on behalf of
Image Entertainment, and Network Pictures' Dan Grodnick on behalf of the
Recent Image Entertainment releases include The Numbers Station with John
Cusack and Malin Akerman, The Colony with Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and
Kevin Zegers, Blood with Paul Bettany, Mark Strong and Brian Cox and Paradise
with Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer and Holly Hunter, written,
directed and produced by Diablo Cody.
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United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,300 exclusive titles. RLJE is a
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of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic
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RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers.
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