Berlin: Ethan Hawke’s ’24 Hours to Live’ Sees Strong Sales

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Sierra/Affinity has seen strong sales for Ethan Hawke’s “24 Hours to Live,” with production of the thriller starting in South Africa in June.

The film will be directed by emerging filmmaker Brian Smrz and produced by Basil Iwanyk and Kent Kubena of Thunder Road and Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon of Fundamental Films. Fundamental Films is financing the project, which will be written by Zach Dean based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain.

Hawke will play a hitman brought back to life for 24 hours by an experimental procedure. He will have one day to team up with the female super-spy who killed him, exact revenge against the powerful crime syndicate responsible for the murder of his wife and child and find redemption for his sins.

“24 Hours to Live” has been sold in France to SND, in Italy to Eagle Films, in Germany to Square One, in Spain to Key2Media, in Latin America to Gussi Films, in Canada to VVS Films, in Benelux to the Searchers, in South Korea to Woo Sung, in China to Fundamental Films and in Japan to Klockworx.

The project was unveiled on Feb. 5. Smrz has been a second unit director on “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Iron Man 3,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Live Free or Die Hard.”

Hawke is starring in Fundamental-EuropaCorp co-production “Valerian” and MGM’s “The Magnificent Seven.” He starred as Chet Baker in the biopic “Born to Be Blue,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will be released by IFC Films in March.

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