Nov 09, 2011
With the American Film Market drawing
to a close, Exclusive Media Group (“Exclusive”) has confirmed a number of key
sales in major markets for one of the hottest titles of Fall market – the Ron
Howard directed epic, RUSH.
Alex Walton, President of Exclusive
Films International has completed all rights deals with StudioCanal (formerly
Optimum) for the UK, Alliance Films for Canada, Aurum for Spain, Universum/RTL
for Germany, E1 for Australia and New Zealand, MisLabel for Scandinavia, and Independent
Additionally, Exclusive has
completed deals in most of the rest of the world including: California Filmes
for Latin America, Ascot Elite for Switzerland, NuMetro for South Africa, Noori
Pictures for South Korea, Lusomundo for Portugal, Golden Scene for Hong Kong,
Audiovisual for Greece, Sam Film for Iceland, Tanweer Film for Turkey, Tandem for
Bulgaria, Blitz for Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia, AQS for the Czech Republic
and the Slovak Republic, Media Pro for Hungary and Romania, ITI for Poland,
United King for Israel, Front Row for the Middle East, Apsara/Reliance for
India and Pakistan, PT Amero for Indonesia, Media Films for Malaysia and
Thailand, Cathay Keris Films for Singapore, Star TV for South East Asian TV and
Blockbuster for Taiwan.
Making the announcement Walton
said, “We are delighted that the marketplace responded so well to RUSH. We
believe this film will be a major event title for the end of 2012 and we have
the strongest international partners to realize that worldwide.” Universal Pictures is
releasing the film in the US in 2012.
RUSH is co-produced and
co-financed by Exclusive with Cross Creek Pictures. This marks the third collaboration between
Exclusive and Cross Creek, who are also co-producing the picture with Imagine
Entertainment, Working Title and Revolution Films. Howard, Brian Oliver, Brian Grazer, Eric Fellner, Peter Morgan and Andrew Eaton are all
named as producers. Exclusive’s Co-Chairmen Nigel
Sinclair and Guy East executive produce RUSH with Exclusive’s Head of
Production Tobin Armbrust. Imagine’s
Todd Hallowell will also Executive Produce. Chris Hemsworth (THOR) and Daniel
Brühl (INGLORIOUS BASTERDS) star
in the film penned by Peter Morgan (THE QUEEN).
Set against the golden age of
Formula 1 racing, RUSH portrays the fast-paced, action-packed and exhilarating
true story of two of the greatest rivals the sport has ever witnessed – James
Hunt versus Niki Lauda and their illustrious Formula 1 racing teams, McLaren versus
Privileged, charismatic and
handsome English playboy, James Hunt could not be more different from his
reserved and methodical opponent, Austrian born Niki Lauda. RUSH follows their
checkered personal lives both on and off the track and charts their rivalry
from its inception in Formula 3. Here they competed viciously against each
other until Lauda’s superior business acumen and surgeon like precision behind
the wheel propelled him all the way to Formula 1; eventually landing him the
number one spot at Ferrari.
However it was not long before
unruly golden boy James Hunt fought his way into Formula 1, and into the hearts
of a nation, dramatically seizing the world championship from Lauda and proving
to the critics, and more importantly himself, that there was real substance
beneath his stylish exterior.
Polar opposites pitted against
each other in the most dangerous sport in the world, Hunt and Lauda were pushed
to the breaking point of their physical and psychological endurance. In the
final race to the chequered flag these two men knew there were no short cuts to
victory and no margin for error. You make a mistake in the sport and you die.
They lived on the edge. They lived for the moment. They lived for the RUSH.
Principal photography will
begin on RUSH in the UK and Germany in February 2012. The film will be shot in
and around two legendary Formula 1 tracks in Silverstone and Nürburgring.
Exclusive’s recent productions
and titles being offered for international sales include George Clooney’s THE
IDES OF MARCH produced by Smokehouse Pictures and co-produced by Exclusive with
Cross Creek Pictures, Martin Scorsese’s documentary film GEORGE HARRISON:
LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD produced with Olivia Harrison and the acclaimed
documentary film UNDEFEATED set for release through The Weinstein Company. Exclusive’s current slate also includes END
OF WATCH starring Jake Gyllenhaal,
Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick and America Ferrera, SO UNDERCOVER starring Miley
Cyrus, SNITCH starring Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon, THE WOMAN IN BLACK
starring Daniel Radcliffe and the newly announced action romantic comedy OUTRUN
starring Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold and the
ensemble drama DISCONNECT.