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bmwfilms.com Announces Short Film Directors

5 Aug, 2002 By: Hive News


bmwfilms and RSA USA, Inc. today announced the lineup of Hollywood directors who will take the helm of the next three installments of The Hire Internet film series underwritten by BMW.

Slated to premiere on bmwfilms.com beginning in October, The Hire will feature original short films directed by: John Woo (Windtalkers, Mission Impossible II, Face/Off), Tony Scott (Spy Game, Enemy of the State, True Romance, Top Gun) and Joe Carnahan (soon to direct Harrison Ford in Walk Among the Tombstones, NARC). Woo and Carnahan are represented by the Hollywood talent agency Endeavor.

Executive Produced by Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Jules Daly through the Scott's company RSA USA, Inc., the next three films all revolve around one central character known as The Driver, played by Clive Owen (The Bourne Identity, Gosford Park, Croupier).

"This is a tremendous lineup of talented and diverse filmmakers," said Daly "From the gritty intensity of Joe Carnahan, and John Woo's romantic, action-packed dramas, to the intriguing impactful filmmaking of Tony Scott, each director will engage and entertain the audience with their unique points of view."

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with such top notch directors, and to have the Scott brothers involved as co-Executive Producers of The Hire," said Jim McDowell, VP of Marketing for BMW of North America, LLC. "I believe the combined experience and dynamic vision of the talented filmmakers involved will ensure that the quality of the films will remain exceptional."

"The Hire is a concept that invites and challenges a director's imagination," said Ridley Scott. "It's great that we are able to partner with BMW on this series, which already has had such an effect on pop culture and has so heavily impacted the world of film and the Internet medium with its award-winning success."

"I think these films are little creative diamonds that give directors a chance at fleshing out story, characters and visuals in a short form," said Tony Scott.

The Hire Series made waves last year when it featured films directed by John Frankenheimer (Ronin, Grand Prix, The Manchurian Candidate), Ang Lee (Oscar and Golden Globe winner Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sense and Sensibility, Eat Drink Man Woman), Wong Kar-Wai (In the Mood for Love, Happy Together, Chung King Express), Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Amores Perros). The films were cast with strong supporting characters including Mickey Rourke (The Pledge), Tomas Milian (Traffic), Guess model Adriana Lima and Madonna.

More than 13 million film views were logged in at the digital-quality streaming video Web site.

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