Netflix acquires “Wheelman” with “The Purge” star Frank Grillo
Hot off the market at Cannes this year, Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the action thriller Wheelman starring Frank Grillo. Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) is producing the film alongside The Solution Entertainment Group’s Myles Nestel (The November Man, Machete) and Grillo who is making his producing debut.
Wheelman is written and directed by Jeremy Rush and is scheduled to commence principal photography in fall 2016. J Todd Harris, Chady Mattar and Scott Silver are executive producing.
The studio teases the film stating, “The wheelman is Grillo – a getaway driver thrust into a high stakes race-to-survive after a bank robbery goes terribly wrong. With a car full of money and his family on the line, the clock is ticking to figure out who double-crossed him.”
“We are looking forward to working with this stellar team to bring this action-packed film to our members around the world,” said Robert Roy, Netflix vice president of global film.
“We are so excited to be making the film with Netflix as our partner and look forward to this being the first of many projects with them” said The Solution’s Nestel and Lisa Wilson.
“Netflix is literally reinventing the game in terms of distribution and the sheer number of subscribers they reach and the amount of viewers that will ultimately see Wheelman is really exciting to me. I couldn’t be happier and in terms of a creative partner, Ted Sarandos and his team are incomparable,” added Carnahan.
“What Netflix and Ted Sarandos are allowing talent and independent film makers to do, is experience a freedom without the pressures of the conventional film model. I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this,” concluded Grillo.
Best known for his role in The Purge film franchise, the latest installment of which grossed over $110 million worldwide, Grillo will also star in the next installment “The Purge: Election Year” this July. Grillo is also featured in Marvel’s current release of Captain America: Civil War, which has already grossed over $900M globally.
He reprises his role as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones first seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Grillo can currently be seen as ‘Alvey Kulina’ in the critically acclaimed DirecTV series Kingdom where he brings his real life boxing experience to the intense lead role.
Other credits include performances in The Grey, Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty, End of Watch, Disconnect, Collision, Homefront, and many more. In television, Frank has captivated audiences on Breakout Kings, The Gates, The Kill Point, Prison Break, The Shield, and several more.
Joe Carnahan produced The Grey, his credits include Twentieth Century Fox’s The A-Team starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, and Jessica Biel, Universal’s Smokin’ Aces starring Ryan Reynolds and Ray Liotta, and Lions Gate’s Narc starring Jason Patric. Carnahan is also responsible for shepherding NBC’s breakout hit The Blacklist.
The Solution recently announced their production Anna Dressed in Blood from Twilight producer and creator Stephenie Meyer. Based on the popular YA novel series by Kendare Blake, the film stars rising talents Maddie Hasson and Cameron Monaghan.
Other films on the company’s Cannes slate include Official Secrets starring Paul Bettany, Natalie Dormer, Martin Freeman, Tahar Rahim, Gillian Anderson with Harrison Ford and Sir Anthony Hopkins. They also have The Sleeping Shepherd starring Michael Pitt, Imogen Poots, Isabelle Huppert, and Willem Dafoe, Oppenheimer Strategies produced by Oren Moverman (The Messenger) and starring Richard Gere, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Steve Buscemi and Michael Sheen.
Also on the same list is Lizzie Borden directed by Craig William Macneil, The Ticket with Dan Stevens, Malin Akerman and Oliver Platt, which was in competition at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and the highly anticipated Bleed For This with Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.