Blue Rider's Walter Josten Exec Produces DeLorean Film DRIVENBlue Rider is financing and Walter Josten is executive producing the upcoming Cannes-bound thriller DRIVEN, starring Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood, Justified, Snowden), Jason Sudeikis (We're the Millers, Saturday Night Live, Horrible Bosses) and Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, Pushing Daisies, The Hobbit). It's a turbo-charged story about an FBI sting operation to entrap maverick car designer John DeLorean.
Sudeikis stars as Jim Hoffman, a con artist-turned-informer for the FBI in the war on drugs. Olyphant plays his handler, determined to snare the world-famous but enigmatic DeLorean (Pace) — desperate for cash to finance his dream of designing the ultimate car of the future — in a drug deal that would become the most lurid celebrity scandal of the 1980s.
Nick Hamm, who directed Venice and Toronto festival hit The Journey as well as The Hole and Killing Bono, will direct. He’ll re-team with The Journey scribe Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack, Murphy's Law). The film is scheduled to shoot in Puerto Rico in September.
Josten has previously produced scores of films. His executive producing credits include My 5 Wives (starring Rodney Dangerfield), Back in the Day (Ving Rhammes, Pam Grier), Call of the Wild (Rutger Hauer, Richard Dreyfuss), The Groomsmen (Edward Burns, John Leguizamo), Not Forgotten (Simon Baker, Paz Vega), the cult films Witchboard and Night of the Demons and The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (Gena Rowlands, James Caan), for which he won an Emmy.
Blue Rider a Producer on Upcoming Travolta film SPEED KILLSWalter Josten, Blue Rider's CEO, is one of the producers of the upcoming biopic/actioner/thriller SPEED KILLS, starring John Travolta, Katheryn Winnick, Mira Sorvino and Jordi Molla, about legendary speedboat racing champ Don Aronow. Directed by John Luessenhop (Takers), it is to be filmed in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, beginning May 30, 2017.
Aronow created the most enduring boat brands in the industry, including Donzi Marine, Blue Thunder and the legendary Cigarette. At his height, Aronow did business with the US Government and drug cartels at the same time, a double life that led to his mysterious murder in 1987.
Luessenhop co-wrote the screenplay with David Aaron Cohen, whose credits include Friday Night Lights and The Devil’s Own.
The Honorable Ricardo Rosselló, governor of Puerto Rico, has welcomed the production of the film, saying, "Puerto Rico is excited to welcome the Film Production of SPEED KILLS to our beautiful island. Being trusted by an incredible project like this one is yet another proof that the people of Puerto Rico’s talent, hard work and compromise is unparalleled. The Government of Puerto Rico wants to reiterate that we are open for business."
Blue Rider has produced, distributed and/or financed 118 films in the past 39 years, featuring such stars as Michael Caine,
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kiefer Sutherland, Richard Gere, Minnie Driver, Antonio Banderas,
Julianna Margulies, Jackie Chan, Mila Kunis,
Samuel L. Jackson, Shia LeBeouf, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rodney Dangerfield, Matthew Perry,
Christian Bale, Burt Reynolds, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Helen Hunt and Colin Firth.
Blue Rider CEO Josten said, " It is wonderful to be filming on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where we are being given terrific support, and where there is a wealth of behind-the-camera talent. And I am delighted that we have obtained the services of two-time Oscar-nominee John Travolta, who has displayed a great range in his choice of characters over the years. I think this will be a very exciting film!"
Blue Rider Finances, Josten Exec Produces ANABlue Rider and Pimienta Film Company are financing, and Blue Rider's Walter Josten is executive producing, the upcoming road pic ANA, starring Luis Guzman and young Dafne Keen (who upstaged Hugh Jackman in his recent MTV Movie & TV Awards acceptance speech). Keen starred in Logan and Guzman's 143 credits include Code Black, Narcos and Boogie Nights. Cris Cole (Mad Dogs, Pelican Blood) scripts and Charles McDougall (House of Cards, Surrender, Dorothy) directs this drama, shooting in June in Puerto Rico, about a girl traveling with a man and trying to save him from bankruptcy. Producer Luillo Ruiz and Josten are now also jointly preparing the John Travolta thriller Speed Kills and the FBI sting drama Driven.
Five Blue Rider Films Air on Cable TV in April 2017In April 2017, five films produced and/or financed by Blue Rider air on North American cable TV. On Encore Action, escape drama RESCUE DAWN, starring Christian Bale and Steve Zahn, is shown. Sexy thriller SURVIVAL ISLAND (Kelly Brook, Billy Zane) swims ashore at Flix. Golf comedy WHO'S YOUR CADDY? tees off on The Movie Channel. Motocross racing drama SUPERCROSS; THE MOVIE revs up at Encore Family. And tiny terror LEPRECHAUN 3 arrives at Syfy.
Rescue Dawn Makes EW's 50 Best Films ListWerner Herzog's RESCUE DAWN, which Blue Rider helped finance and which Jeff Geoffray and Walter Josten associate produced, was recently selected number 41 on Entertaiment Weekly's "50 Best Movies You Never Saw" list.
Netflix Recommends 5 Other Blue Rider FilmsNetflix is pointing its millions of DVD subscribers to five other films on which Blue Rider was a lender and/or producer. It points them to SURVIVAL ISLAND as an Action Thriller, to ASYLUM as an Erotic Thriller, to RESCUE DAWN as a Military & War Drama, to MY 5 WIVES as a Late Night Comedy and to AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS as a Family Comedy.
KEITH is One of BuzzFeed's 45 Hidden Netflix Gems You Should SeeBuzzFeed just released its list of 45 hidden Netflix gems you should see, and 2007 teen romantic drama KEITH, on which Blue Rider was a lender, is included. Other must-see's on the list are MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES, THE PARADISE, DOC MARTIN, THE KILLING, THE HUNT and CALL THE MIDWIFE.
KEITH stars former teen heart-throb Jesse McCartney, Elizabeth Harnois (C.S.I.) and and Jennifer Grey (Golden Globe nomination for DIRTY DANCING). It tells of a teen queen who thinks she knows it all until she meets a new male student with a secret.
Netflix rated it four stars (that's high) and five of the first seven member reviewers on the site (http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70111502?trkid=13752289) gave it five stars (perfect).
One wrote: "Funny. Emotional. Heartbreaking. One of those movies that leaves you with a frown in your face and teary eyes... I haven't felt such an emotional connection to a movie since the Notebook. That says it all... I was NOT expecting such beauty and such depth from this movie... This is NOT a teen movie but a movie about teens in some of the most troubled aspects of life.. I just loved it and felt it all the way. Spectacular acting for the main protagonist."
Netflix Recommends HOLES in 2 CategoriesThe teen desert escape saga HOLES, to which Blue Rider provided production services, is recommended by Netflix to its millions of subscribers in the categories of Family Adventures and Teen Comedies. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Jon Voigt, Patricia Arquette, Sigournety Weaver and Tim Blake Nelson it tells of a group of teens at a desert children's detention camp forced to dig holes by a sadistic warden actually seeking buried treasure.
A reviewer called it " a whimsical light tale for the kids, and a complex character study with some deep issues for the adults - quite a feat for one script."
Our Film GOSPEL HILL is a Netflix PickNetflix recommends to is millions of worldwide subscribers the drama GOSPEL HILL, on which Blue Rider was the bridge financier. It stars Giancarlo Esposito, Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Nia Long, Julia Stles and Samuel L. Jackson. Netflix writes: "In a small Southern town, the longstanding residents of the Gospel Hill neighborhood are being forced out of their homes to make way for a pricey housing development, pushing race relations to explosive heights in this gripping drama. Meanwhile, the mystery behind the decades-old murder of civil rights pioneer Peter Malcolm haunts his son (Danny Glover) and the ex-sheriff (Tom Bower) who deliberately botched the investigation." This film is recommended in the categories MYSTERY, SOCIAL ISSUE DRAMAS, DRAMAS and AFRICAN AMERICAN DRAMAS.