Bruce Willis, Luke Wilson and Devon Sawa are set to star in rollicking action thriller “Gasoline Alley.” Highland Film Group, which is handling international rights, is presenting the project to buyers at this week’s European Film Market (EFM).
“Cosmic Sin” helmer Edward Drake, who reunites with Willis for the film, directs from a script by Tom Sierchio (“The Girl Who Invented Kissing”). Production will begin in early March across the U.S.
Sawa stars as Jimmy Jayne, a “bruise-fisted” boss-type who becomes implicated in the triple murder of three Hollywood starlets drowned in a luxury hotel pool. As the prime suspect for homicide detectives Freeman (Willis) and Vargas (Wilson), Jimmy takes up his own rogue investigation, bending the law in ways the police can’t in order to clear his name.
But with the killer skating through Jimmy’s shadow, he bands together with the two detectives to dangerously expose a truth much bigger than they had imagined.
Highland Film Group CEO Arianne Fraser called “Gasoline Alley” a killer action thriller with “all the ingredients for commercial success coupled with a storyline and production values that will elevate the film in the marketplace.”
“Our trusted worldwide partners are looking for these high-energy, splashy thrillers and this film ticks all the right boxes,” added Fraser.
Delphine Perrier, COO of Highland, said: “The extra cool factor is brought to the film by the performances of Bruce Willis, Luke Wilson, and Devon Sawa as they embark on car chases in present-time Los Angeles and motorbike through the city in search of the killer. The film is packed with action combat scenes infused by a unique rockabilly atmosphere. It’s going to be fantastic.”
Director Edward Drake described the film as pitting Los Angeles’ anti-heroes against the “forces trusted to protect us.”
“The phenomenal cast and crew have worked tirelessly to bring Tom Sierchio’s vision to life,” said Drake. “Cinematographer Brandon Cox (‘Cut Throat City’), production designer Eric Whitney (‘Bruno’), line producer Jon Keyes (‘Survivalist’), and all of the heads of department have my heartfelt thanks for sharing their passionate energy every single day of production. Corey Large and I are committed to working with talented artists to bring singular stories to life. I’m grateful for Devon Sawa, Bruce Willis, and Luke Wilson coming on board to tell Tom Sierchio incredible narrative about the darkest corners of modern society.”
Corey Large (“Cosmic Sin,” “The November Man”) and Sierchio are producing the film with BondIt Media Capital financing. Matthew Helderman, Johnny Messner, Stephen Eads, Highland Film Group’s Fraser and Perrier, Yale Productions’ Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman and Jon Keeyes are executive producers.
Willis, the star of hit blockbusters like the “Die Hard” franchise and “Sin City,” most recently starred in “Glass” alongside Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, and Sarah Paulson.
Meanwhile, Wes Anderson favorite Wilson will next be seen in Ty Robert’s “12 Mighty Orphans,” based on the eponymous best-selling novel. He recently starred in “All The Bright Places” directed by Brett Haley and opposite Elle Fanning, as well as in Atom Egoyan’s feature “Guest Of Honour.” In television, he can most recently be seen in DC’s “Stargirl” for The CW.
Sawa, a household name from the “Final Destination” franchise, recently guest starred in the series “MacGyver” and also reprised his “Slc Punk” role in the sequel “Punk’s Dead.”
Founded in 2010, Highland Film Group’s production and sales slate includes: Herbert James Winterstern’s “Supercell,” starring Alec Baldwin; Renny Harlin’s “Refuge”; Mark Neveldine’s “Panama,” starring Cole Hauser and Mel Gibson; Andrew Baird’s “One Way,” starring Colson ‘Machine Gun Kelly’ Baker, Travis Fimmel, and Kevin Bacon; Louise Linton’s “Me You Madness,” starring Ed Westwick and Linton; and Dimitri Logothetis’ “Jiu Jitsu,” starring Nicolas Cage, Tony Jaa and Frank Grillo, which was released in the U.S. in November by Highland Film Group’s stand-alone distribution banner, The Avenue.
By Manori Ravindran, Variety