Exclusive Media Group has acquired worldwide rights in all media excluding US and Canada to the high-octane, action romantic comedy Outrun, written and directed by Dax Shepard (acting credits Employee of the Month, Baby Mama and MTV's Punk'd) who, co-directs with David Palmer, and stars with Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold, it was announced today by Exclusive co-chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East. The all-star ensemble cast featuring some of the industry's leading comedic actors also includes Kristin Chenoweth, Beau Bridges, David Koechner, Michael Rosenbaum, Joy Bryant and Ryan Hansen.
Living under an assumed identity in central California, ex-getaway driver "Charlie Bronson" (Shepard) agrees to break the rules of his Witness Protection and drive his sexy girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles so that she can land her dream job. When the authorities and his former gang (led by Bradley Cooper) learn he is back behind the wheel, they hit the road to chase him down. Desperate to stay one step ahead, Charlie upgrades to an even faster car as the story shifts into high gear; cranking up the horse power and increasing the speed to make it to Southern California in time and, more importantly, in one piece.
Exclusive Films International, led by Alex Walton, President, International Sales and Distribution, will handle international distribution for Outrun. The film, which is currently in post-production, is being unveiled for sales at the upcoming American Film Market. Head of Production Tobin Armbrust acquired the film on behalf of Exclusive. Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc. acted on behalf of the filmmakers.
"We congratulate Dax and Andrew on this exciting project. They have brought us something very fresh and uplifting, with a knock out cast. We are excited to share this with our distributors at AFM and bring to audiences worldwide in 2012," commented Walton.
A master of improv as seen on MTV's Punk'd with Ashton Kutcher, Shepard has also starred in the comedy Employee of the Month, Mike Judge's Idiocracy and Tina Fey's Baby Mama. Currently he is starring on the NBC hit show Parenthood. His writing and directing credits include the feature film comedy Brother's Justice.
Since Bell captivated audiences in the CW's Veronica Mars, she has since starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek, and will next be seen opposite Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski in the upcoming Big Miracle, all for Universal.
Cooper starred in the number one R-rated comedy of all time, The Hangover, followed by the blockbuster sequel, The Hangover Part II. His other film credits include Limitless opposite Robert De Niro, The A-Team, New York, I Love You, Valentine's Day, Yes Man, He's Just Not That Into You, Wedding Crashers and the cult favorite, Wet Hot American Summer.
One of the industry's most beloved comedians, Arnold's feature film credits include True Lies, Nine Months and Soul Plane.
Exclusive's recent productions and titles being offered for international sales include George Clooney's The Ides of March produced by Smokehouse Pictures and co-produced by Exclusive with Cross Creek Pictures, Martin Scorsese's documentary film George Harrison: Living in the Material World produced with Olivia Harrison, the acclaimed documentary film Undefeated set for release through The Weinstein Company as wełl as End of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña and Anna Kendrick, So Undercover starring Miley Cyrus, Snitch starring Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon and The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe. The company is currently in production on Ron Howard's Formula 1 epic Rush set for its US theatrical release through Universal Pictures. The film stars Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth, and is produced with production partners Cross Creek Pictures, Revolution Films, Imagine and Working Title.