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’24 Hours To Live’ Trailer: Ethan Hawke Flick Is Like ‘John Wick’ Meets ‘Flatliners’ Meets ‘Jason Bourne’

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Sometimes all you need in Hollywood is an idea that executives don’t have to think too hard about. So when screenwriters Zach Dean, Jim McClain, and Ron Mita sent “24 Hours To Live” around town, they must’ve rattled off “John Wick,” “Flatliners,” “Jason Bourne,” “In Time,” and “Edge Of Tomorrow” as similar movies, because this trailer sure plays like an unholy mix of all of those.

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Film Acquisition Rundown: The Orchard Buys ‘Kings,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Dragged Across Concrete,’ and More

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Film Acquisition Rundown: The Orchard Buys ‘Kings,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Dragged Across Concrete,’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– The Orchard has acquired the rights to “Kings,” the drama starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig and directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Deadline reports. The film focuses on a foster family in South Central a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992.

Ergüven previously directed “Mustang,” which received an Oscar nomination in 2015 for Best Foreign Language Film. Charles Gilbert and Vincent Maraval served as the producers on “Kings.”

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Lionsgate has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the crime-thriller “Dragged Across Concrete” The film will be released by the
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Saban Films picks up US rights to '24 Hours To Live'

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Saban Films picks up US rights to '24 Hours To Live'
Saban Films has acquired Us rights to Brian Smrz’s assassin thriller 24 Hours To Live starring Ethan Hawke and Chinese actress Xu Qing.Sierra/Affinity handles international sales and will screen the film in Cannes.Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer also star in the story of a hitman who turns rogue when his latest mission goes wrong.Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Fundamental FilmsMark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon produced, and Fundamental Films fully f

Saban Films has acquired Us rights to Brian Smrz’s assassin thriller 24 Hours To Live starring Ethan Hawke and Chinese actress Xu Qing.

Sierra/Affinity handles international sales and will screen the film in Cannes.

Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer also star in the story of a hitman who turns rogue when his latest mission goes wrong.

Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Fundamental FilmsMark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon produced, and [link=co
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Cannes: Saban Films Takes U.S. Rights on Action Thriller ’24 Hours to Live’

Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to Ethan Hawke action thriller “24 Hours to Live,” from “John Wick” franchise producer Basil Iwanyk.

Directed by former stunt coordinator Brian Smrz, “24 Hours to Live” stars Hawke as a career assassin who turns rogue after his latest mission goes awry. Chinese actress Xu Qing, Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer co-star. Saban plans a U.S. theatrical release later this year.

The film was written by Zachary Dean, based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain. It is produced by Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures and Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon of Shanghai-based Fundamental Films, which also fully financed the film. Kent Kubena, Jon Kuyper, Jonathan Fuhrman and Gary Glushon serve as executive producers.

“We’ve been following this project from the script stage, and are very excited we were able to make a deal,” said Bill Bromiley, president of Saban Films.
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Cannes: Saban Lands '24 Hours to Live' With Ethan Hawke

Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Brian Smrz's 24 Hours to Live, starring Ethan Hawke.

Chinese actress Xu Qing, Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer also star in the thriller from the producer behind the John Wick franchise and Sicario. It will receive a theatrical release later this year.

Penned by Zachary Dean and based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain, 24 Hours to Live follows a career assassin who turns rogue after his latest mission goes awry.

Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Fundamental Films' Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon produced...
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Saban Films Acquires Ethan Hawke Thriller ’24 Hours To Live’ – Cannes

Saban Films has picked up U.S. rights to Brian Smrz's 24 Hours to Live starring Ethan Hawke and Chinese actress Xu Qing. Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer also star in the upcoming thriller, which will receive a theatrical release later this year. Zachary Dean writes based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain. Story follows a career assassin who turns rogue after his latest mission goes awry. Thunder Road's Basil Iwanyk and Fundamental Films'…
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Rutger Hauer, Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham join '24 Hours To Live'

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Shanghai-based Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures of Los Angeles announced the casting additions on Tuesday.

Thriller 24 Hours To Live stars previously announced Ethan Hawke and China’s Xu Qing. CAA handles Us rights and Sierra/Affinity international sales.

Brian Smrz directs from a screenplay by Zachary Dean based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain and principal photography is underway in Cape Town, South Africa.

The story centres on an assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily when he dies on the job.

Fundamental Films is fully financing the project and Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road, Fundamental chairman Mark Gao and international president Gregory Ouanhon serve as producers

Jon Kuyper, Kent Kubena, Jonathan Fuhrman and Gary Glushon are the executive producers.

Fundamental and Thunder Road are also collaborating on Outlaws Inc., announced earlier this year. Fundamental is also the lead financier on [link
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Common, Xu Qing join '24 Hours To Live'

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The actors have joined Ethan Hawke in the upcoming thriller from China’s Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures.

Brian Smrz is lined up to direct 24 Hours To Live in Cape Town in June. Fundamental fully finances the project and Sierra/Affinity continues international sales in Cannes.

Zachary Dean wrote the screenplay based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain about a career assassin who gets a chance of redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily.

Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road, Fundamental Films chairman Mark Gao and international president Gregory Ouanhon serve as producers on 24 Hours To Live.

Jon Kuyper, Kent Kubena, Jonathan Fuhrman, and Gary Glushon are executive producers.
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Common, Xu Qing Join Cast Of Fundamental Films & Thunder Road’s ’24 Hours To Live’ – Cannes

Common, Xu Qing Join Cast Of Fundamental Films & Thunder Road’s ’24 Hours To Live’ – Cannes
Common (Selma) and Chinese actress Xu Qing (Looper) have joined Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) in Brian Smrz’s thriller 24 Hours to Live. Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures are producing with shooting set to commence this June in South Africa. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales at Cannes. Penned by Zachary Dean and 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…
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Common, Xu Qing Join Ethan Hawke’s ’24 Hours to Live’

Common, Xu Qing Join Ethan Hawke’s ’24 Hours to Live’
Actor-musician, Common and Chinese actress Xu Qing have joined Ethan Hawke in the cast of thriller “24 Hours to Live.” To be directed by Brian Smrz, the film starts production in South Africa next month.

The announcement was made by China’s Fundamental Films, which is fully financing the movie and has distribution rights in China, and by Basil Iwanyk’s production company Thunder Road Pictures.

Common, who recently won an original song Academy Award with John Legend for “Selma,” has had film roles including “Run All Night” and “Wanted.” Xu (aka Summer Xu) started her film career in Chen Kaige’s “Life on a String” and was recently seen in “Looper” and hit comedy drama “Mr Six.”

Scripted by Zachary Dean and based on an original story from Ron Mita and Jim McClain, “24 Hours to Live” follows a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer
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Common, Xu Join "24 Hours to Live"

Rapper Common and Chinese actress Xu Qing are set to join Ethan Hawke in the cast of the Brian Smrz-directed thriller "24 Hours to Live" for Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures.

Scripted by Zachary Dean and based on an original story from Ron Mita and Jim McClain, the story 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 and Gregory Ouanhon are producing and filming begins in South Africa next month.

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'24 Hours To Live' hot seller for Sierra/Affinity

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Nick Meyer and his sales team have licensed key territories at the Efm led by deals with Snd in France and Square One in Germany.

Ethan Hawke will star for Thunder Road Pictures and China’s Fundamental Films in 24 Hours To Live as a hitman brought back to life who must team up with the female super-spy that killed him to bring down a crime syndicate.

Sierra/Affinity has close deals in: Italy (Eagle Films); Spain (Key2Media); Latin America (Gussi Films); Canada (Vvs Films); Benelux (The Searchers); Middle East, India Turkey, Greece (Italia Film); and South Korea (Woo Sung).

Japan has gone to Klockworx, Indonesia to Cinemaxx, South Africa to Ster Kinekor, Vietnam to Noori Pictures, and airlines to Cinesky. Fundamental Films finances the film and will distribute in China.

Brian Smrz will direct and Basil Iwanyk produce with his Thunder Road colleague Kent Kubena, and Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon of Fundamental.

Zach Dean is writing
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Berlin: Ethan Hawke’s ’24 Hours to Live’ Sees Strong Sales

Berlin: Ethan Hawke’s ’24 Hours to Live’ Sees Strong Sales
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,
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Ethan Hawke Set To Headline New Assassin Thriller 24 Hours To Live

Extending his working relationship with Fundamental Films, the Chinese production company spearheading Luc Besson’s space odyssey Valerian, Ethan Hawke has inked a deal to headline new thriller 24 Hours to Live.

That’s according to Deadline, after the outlet revealed that news first came to light on the eve of Berlin Film Festival, where Sierra/Affinity intends to handle international sales. Fundamental, on the other hand, are partnering with Thunder Road Pictures to finance and produce the motion picture, appointing second unit director Brian Smrz at the helm in the process.

Zachary Dean is penning the script, working from a treatment first pitched by Ron Mita and Jim McClain. A redemption story at its core, 24 Hours to Live will orbit around an expert assassin (Hawke, we assume) who is literally given a second chance at life after his employer resuscitates him. Living up to the evocative title, Smrz’s thriller
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Berlin: Ethan Hawke Starring in ‘24 Hours to Live’

Berlin: Ethan Hawke Starring in ‘24 Hours to Live’
Chinese production-distribution outfit Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures have tapped Ethan Hawke to star in their upcoming thriller “24 Hours to Live.”

Brian Smrz will direct from a Zachary Dean screenplay, 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.

Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road, Fundamental Films Chairman Mark Gao and International President Gregory Ouanhon are producing the film, with Fundamental fully financing. Fundamental FilmsGary Glushon and Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena and Jonathan Fuhrman will executive produce.

Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales starting next week at the Berlin Film Festival.

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.
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Efm projects to include Ethan Hawke, Alec Baldwin

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The Efm dance card is filling up as Sierra/Affinity announced it will launch sales on the Ethan Hawke assassin thriller 24 Hours To Live, while Foresight Unlimited arrives with Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore as illicit lovers in the drama Blind.

Fundamental Films is fully financing 24 Hours To Live and produces with Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures.

Second unit director Brian Smrz will direct the story of a hitman who gets a chance of redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily after he is killed on the job.

Zachary Dean wrote the screenplay based on an original script by Ron Mita and Jim McClain. Iwanyk, Fundamental Films chairman Mark Gao and international president Gregory Ouanhon are producing.

Fundamental FilmsGary Glushon and Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena and Jonathan Fuhrman will serve as executive producers.

Michael Mailer directs Blind, in which Alec Baldwin plays an author who lost his wife and his eyesight
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Ethan Hawke to star in '24 Hours To Live'

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China’s Fundamental Films and Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures have found the leading man for their thriller, which Sierra/Affinity will introduce to Efm buyers next week.

Second unit director Brian Smrz will direct 24 Hours To Live and Fundamental is fully financing the project.

Zachary Dean wrote the story based on an original script by Ron Mita and Jim McClain about a hitman who gets a chance of redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily when he is killed on the job.

Iwanyk of Thunder Road, Fundamental Films chairman Mark Gao and international president Gregory Ouanhon are producing.

Fundamental FilmsGary Glushon and Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena and Jonathan Fuhrman will serve as executive producers.
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Berlin: Ethan Hawke to Star in Thriller '24 Hours to Live'

Berlin: Ethan Hawke to Star in Thriller '24 Hours to Live'
Ethan Hawke will star in the thriller 24 Hours to Live, which will be directed by Brian Smrz. Zachary Dean wrote the latest script based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain. The story 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. Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road, China's Fundamental Films Chairman Mark Gao and International President Gregory Ouanhon are producing the film, with Fundamental fully financing. Fundamental FilmsGary Glushon and Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena and Jonathan Fuhrman will

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Robots

Robots
Opens Friday, March 11

If sheer cleverness were everything, "Robots" would be the best computer-animated cartoon yet. The movie invents an entire robot world in which all things mechanical take on a life force of their own. Dazzling landscapes feature Rube Goldberg contraptions and visual gags that turn our world on its head. Yet, unlike the very best CG animation, "Robots" doesn't quite connect with the emotions and humor for which one yearns in cartoons. The film is just a bit too ... well, mechanical.

"Robots" comes from director Chris Wedge and Blue Sky Studios, which gave us the frisky prehistoric cartoon "Ice Age" in 2002. The Blue Sky trademark now is clear: slapstick comedy and manic energy. It's Looney Tunes times four (at least), with the screen crammed with more visual gags than eye or brain possibly can register, which undoubtedly means repeat theater visits by youngsters and huge sell-through in the video/DVD market. "Ice Age" took in more than $176 million, and "Robots" should repeat if not surpass those totals.

As is Wedge's habit, his simple, likable (or unlikable) characters mostly are a collection of running gags. There is a robot named Fender (voiced by an equally manic Robin Williams), whose body parts fall off at inopportune moments, and his kid sister, Piper (Amanda Bynes), who is a tightly wound ball of energy. Some characters truly are marvelous. Jim Broadbent of all people raises his voice a few octaves to play the villainous Madame Gasket, an erratic design of mismatched parts that seem to leak red grease.

The screenplay, designed by David Lindsay-Abaire and the comedy-writing team of Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel, envisions a world inhabited entirely by robots. Unlike "Monsters, Inc". no rationale is given for such a world. Nor do we understand how it came to be invented, no Big Clang theory as it were. It just exists. Cups of oil replace cups of coffee and a fire hydrant can talk back to a dog.

Our hero is Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor), assembled and raised by parents to believe anything is possible. He is fed a similar notion through TV broadcasts by Bigweld (Mel Brooks in a kind and gentle mode), the master inventor who rules the only corporation that seems to exist. The door always is open to any new inventor, Bigweld declares. So when Rodney leaves his hometown for Robot City with invention in hand, he is shocked to find that door firmly shut.

The back story is vague, but it seems that Madame Gasket and her sleekly robotic son, Ratchet (Greg Kinnear), somehow have shunted Bigweld aside. They scheme to take off the market all spare parts needed by the robot citizens to live and function. Instead, they manufacture only expensive "upgrades." Thus, many otherwise fine robots who can't afford these upgrades find they have become "outmodes," vulnerable to city sweepers that can snatch them off the street and deposit them at Madame Gasket's Chop Shop.

So Rodney, Fender and Fender's gang of outmodes -- this includes eternal pessimist Crank Casey (Drew Carey), big-hearted Lug (Harland Williams) and Diesel, who lacks a voice box -- set off to challenge the greedy rulers of the massive corporation. Along the way, Ratchet's female assistant with a great 'bot, Cappy (Halle Berry), rebels and joins the good guys.

There are marvelous set pieces: A cross-town express flings Rodney and Fender through the mechanical metropolis like a cross between a monorail and roller coaster. Bigweld surfs a sea of dominos. The climatic battle between the corporation's robotic army and the retooled and refitted robot misfits explodes into a frenzied spoof of action-movie fights.

Much of the animation is spectacular. Even the colors somehow have a metallic look. Yet, as complex as this imagined world is, Wedge keeps his characters rudimentary. Thus, audiences never develop much emotional attachment to any of them. The emphasis here is entirely on the timing of gags and a steady flow of action.

ROBOTS

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox Animation presents a Blue Sky production

Credits:

Director: Chris Wedge

Co-director: Carlos Saldanha

Screenwriters: David Lindsay-Abaire, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel

Story by: Ron Mita, Jim McClain, David Lindsay-Abaire

Producers: Jerry Davis, John C. Donkin, William Joyce

Executive producer: Christopher Meledandri

Production designer: William Joyce

Music: John Powell

Editor: John Carnochan.

Cast:

Rodney: Ewan McGregor

Ratchet: Greg Kinnear

Bigweld: Mel Brooks

Fender: Robin Williams

Cappy: Halle Berry

Piper: Amanda Bynes

Crank: Drew Carey

Madame Gasket: Jim Broadbent

Tim: Paul Giamatti

Mr. Gurk: Dan Hedaya.

MPAA rating: PG

Running time: 91 minutes

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