'Taken' director producing European car thriller
Pierre Morel, will begin shooting in Marseilles this summer. South American director Antonio Negret will helm “Overdrive.” Negret most recently directed “Transit” as well as a series of promotional shorts for the upcoming “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” “Overdrive” is being financed and sold by Gregoire Melin of Kinology. Eric Dussart will exec produce alongside Sentient’s Renee Tab, who helped package the film. Screenplay, penned by “Wanted” writers scribes Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, centers around two American brothers who decide to take their careers as car thieves to the next level by fleeing to France, where they run afoul of a dangerous black marketeer. Morel worked as a cinematographer on such EuropaCorp films as “The Transporter”, “Unleashed” and “Transporter 2″. “We’re going to do things that you’ve never seen actual cars do before on screen,” he said. Urban has been long been attached to “Overdrive.” He’s also on J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” sequel for Paramount and “Dredd” for Lionsgate; previous credits include “Red”, “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”, “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “The Bourne Supremacy” Clarke was rumored to be attached to “Overdrive” last fall. Clafin is repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group. CAA represents domestic rights on “Overdrive.”
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