Rob Cohen to Direct the Hurricane Heist Movie Category 5
Foresight Unlimited announced today that Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) will direct the upcoming disaster action thriller Category 5.
With production slated for Spring/Summer 2016, Category 5 follows a team of tech hackers who infiltrate a U.S. Mint facility on a small coastal town to steal $102 million in cash, just as a disastrous Category 5 hurricane, the storm of the century, is about to strike and level it to the ground. The only other two people left in the town, a meteorologist and a female treasury agent, must survive the horrific storm while stopping the thieves from getting away with the heist of the century.
Foresight Unlimited will handle foreign sales and introduce the film to buyers in Berlin next month. Casting is currently underway.
The film will be produced by Karen Baldwin, Michael Tadross Jr., and Danny Roth. Howard Baldwin, Mark Damon, Bill Immerman and Tamara Birkemoe will executive produce.
Director Rob Cohen said: “Crossing a heist movie set amidst the intense action of a natural disaster was an idea to which I truly responded. It’s a chance for me to get back to my roots in doing the adrenaline-pumped action/special effects films I love to create.”
Foresight’s Mark Damon said: “Rob Cohen is an incredibly smart and inventive action director and we are delighted to be part of “Category 5”. Windhauser’s script details an extraordinary race against the elements, which we are confident, with Cohen’s vision, will be a breathtaking adventure for audiences worldwide.”
Cohen takes on the action-film having risen to prominence through previous directorial roles including The Fast and the Furious starring Vin Diesel and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor starring Brendan Fraser for Universal; xXx starring Vin Diesel for Columbia Pictures; and Alex Cross starring Tyler Perry for Summit Entertainment. He most recently directed The Boy Next Door starring Jennifer Lopez for Universal Pictures, and will direct The Adventures of Marco Polo for Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman at Paramount Pictures.
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