BMW Films has just released a new trailer and sneak peek of the new Clive Owen (Children of Men, The Knick) led short The Escape. He reprises his driver-for-hire role “The Driver” from The Hire in this Neill Blomkamp-directed film. Although the plot is unknown, the cast also includes Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wallstreet, Sicario), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, Bates Motel), and Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds, American Pastoral).
Blomkamp spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about signing up for the homage to the original series which had huge director participation including Alejandro G. Inarritu, Ang Lee and John Frankenheimer.
“‘Man, count me in,’ ” Blomkamp told The Hollywood Reporter. “When I was in film school, these films were really groundbreaking. They seemed like the perfect halfway point between commercials and features. I actually emailed the production company as a 20-year-old and was like, ‘I’d really like to make one of these.’ They wrote back, ‘Never contact us again.’ And here I am [laughs].”
The 11-minutes short film will be available on October 23 at 6pm Eastern via BMWFILMS.com.