Arclight's 'Courier' delivers with Brody in lead


Adrien Brody will be pursued by cops and crime bosses as the title character in "The Courier," an action tale that Russell Mulcahy will direct for Arclight Films.

The screenplay by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, the team that also contributed to "Wanted" and "3:10 to Yuma," centers on a daredevil courier trying to deliver a briefcase to an underworld figure who can't be found.

"The script trail blazes a chase across country in pursuit of the most wanted man in the land, and it has all the twists and turns that you would expect from this writing team," Arclight managing director Gary Hamilton said.

The production, scheduled to begin filming in January in Louisiana and Las Vegas, will be produced by Dan Grodnick, Hamilton, Tucker Tooley, Vincent Newman and Arclight's new head of production, Mike Gabrawy. Exec producers are Cary Brokaw, Brody and Al Munteanu.

Arclight will handle worldwide sales and distribution, with president of sales and acquisitions Pascal Borno offering the film at next month's American Film Market.

Brody, who most recently appeared in "The Darjeeling Limited," next appears in "The Brothers Bloom." (partialdiff)