Universal is 'Driven' to Interlight thriller
by Charles Lyons, Dana Harris
In the highest-profile sale of this year's American Film Market, Universal Pictures late Sunday afternoon outbid a number of aggressive majors for the North American rights to Interlight Pictures' "Driven." The studio plans to release the movie later this year.
Helmed by Joe Charbanic, pic stars James Spader and Marisa Tomei, with Keanu Reeves in a smaller role. Film is a thriller centering on a retired FBI agent (Spader) with a tortured past who is trying to restore his sanity in modern-day Chicago. Reeves portrays a serial killer. David Elliot penned the script.
“Driven” emerged as the hottest title of the AFM, a market extraordinarily sluggish for domestic sales. The frenzy was especially unusual in that “Driven” is not a finished film. The pic, now in post, sold from a promo reel and a rough edit.
Chris Eberts, Elliott Lewitt and Jeff Rice produced the film; Interlight principals Patrick Choi and Nile Niami served as executive producers with Paul Pompian. John Crededio was the co-executive producer.
Interlight has produced and sold such movies as “The Patriot,” starring Steven Segal. They are currently in pre-production on “White Jazz,” starring Nick Nolte and John Cusack, written by James Ellroy and to be directed by Bob Richardson.
Interlight’s end of the pact was negotiated by Jeremy Lappin, head of business affairs for the shingle, along with Phil Davis of Mitchell, Silverberg and Knupp.