Ethan Hawke will headline undead assassin thriller 24 Hours to Live
Chinese production and distribution outfit Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures announced today that Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Training Day) will star in their upcoming thriller 24 Hours to Live, with acclaimed Second Unit Director Brian Smrz tapped to direct. Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road, Fundamental Films Chairman Mark Gao and International President Gregory Ouanhon are producing the film, with Fundamental fully financing. Fundamental Films’ Gary Glushon and Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena and Jonathan Fuhrman will executive produce. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales starting next week at Berlin.
Penned by Zachary Dean based on an original script from Ron Mita & Jim McClain, 24 Hours to Live follows a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily, just after being killed on the job.
Mark Gao, Chairman of Fundamental Films said: “Ethan is a very respected international sensation. We’re thrilled to have Brian directing such an explosive script, and to be able to bring this story to the big screen.”
Thunder Road Principal Basil Iwanyk said, “Thunder Road is excited to be working again with the phenomenal Ethan Hawke and launching our great next action director in Brian Smrz.”
Smrz is highly regarded for his work as Second Unit Director on the likes of 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. Ethan Hawke can next be seen in the Fundamental and EuropaCorp co-production Valerian, MGM’s The Magnificent Seven, and Born to be Blue, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews for Hawke, and will be released by IFC Films in March. He may also return for the Training Day TV series.
24 Hours to Live is the latest collaboration between Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures, with Scott Waugh’s Outlaws Inc. recently announced.
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