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On the first day of the Berlin Film Market, Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Keanu Reeves starrer Rally Car. The movie, which will be directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2, Taken 3, Colombiana) from a script by Jeremy Lott based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel.
Rally Car will be produced by Hamel and Reeves of Company Films and Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon of Fundamental Films. Gary Glushon will executive produce.
The film tells the story of a self-centered NASCAR driver (Reeves) who revitalizes his career by entering an international rally car race across China and learns to win as part of a team when he joins forces with a young Chinese woman who yearns to become a driver. The film will shoot in China and the U.S.
“We are thrilled to be in business once again with Keanu Reeves, who is extraordinary in the John Wick franchise, and we believe Rally Car has tremendous potential to see Keanu in action once again, this time behind a steering wheel,” said Jason Constantine, president, acquisitions and co-productions, Lionsgate. “Jeremy has done a great job with the screenplay, featuring a multinational cast of characters, and we’re happy to have Olivier directing another great movie for us.”
The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Constantine, along with Eda Kowan, executive vp acquisitions and co-productions; John Biondo, executive vp business and legal affairs, acquisitions and co-productions; and Elizabeth Hopkins, senior vp business & legal affairs. For Fundamental Films, the deal was negotiated by WME as well as Sheri Jeffrey and Kevin Garland at Hogan Lovells. IM Global is handling international sales of the picture at the Berlin Film Market.
Lionsgate’s Summit is releasing John Wick: Chapter 2, also starring Reeves, in theaters this weekend.
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