Hostage: According to Variety, Miramax has acquired North American distribution rights to the Bruce Willis thriller Hostage.

French helmer Florent Siri ("The Nest") makes his English-language debut on the adaptation of Robert Crais' novel, scripted by the author.

The film also stars Kevin Pollack, Ben Foster, Jonathan Tucker, Serena Scott Thomas, Marshall Allman, Michelle Horn and Jimmy Bennett.

Willis plays an LAPD hostage negotiator who withdraws to the countryside after a bloody standoff to become chief of a two-man police department. Instead of achieving a sense of peace in the small town, he must call upon his negotiating skills again in order to save his kidnapped wife and daughter.

Brian B.