Gaumont has boarded “Burn Out,” a stylish action-packed thriller set against the backdrop of superbike racing in France, directed by Yann Gozlan.
“Burn Out” is produced by Matthias Weber and Thibault Gast at 2425 Films and Wassim Beji WY Prods., who last teamed on Gozlan’s previous film, 2015’s “A Perfect Man.”
Currently shooting, the movie stars François Civil (“Five”) as Tony, a promising young motorcycle racer who is forced to do perilous drug runs to save the mother of his child from a dangerous mobster.
The action takes place between Amsterdam and Paris, while racing scenes are being choreographed by Gilles Conseil, who previously worked on action hits such as “Taken ” and “Point Blank.”
Gaumont is co-producing, handling international sales, and will distribute the movie in France in September 2017.
“We were drawn by this project at the script stage because of its originality as it explores, for the first time, the world of superbike racing in France; its artistic elements, as most of the movie is full of visually appealing night scenes; and the trio of producers behind it, who are very talented,” said Cecile Gaget, head of international co-production and distribution at Gaumont.
“Burn Out” is one of the several high-concept French thrillers backed by Gaumont over the years, following Fred Cavaye’s “Point Blank,” Olivier Marchal’s “A Gang Story,” and most recently “Ares,” which is exec produced by Louis Leterrier.
WY Prods.’ credits include “Yves Saint-Laurent” and the next Roman Polanski film, “Based on a True Story,” which is being written by Olivier Assayas; 2425 Films has “The Eavesdropper” with Francois Cluzet, Denis Podalydès, and Alba Rohrwacher on its slate.