August 7, 2002
bmwfilms taps big-name directors for internet film series
Woodcliff, New Jersey – bmwfilms and RSA USA, Inc. announced today the line-up of renowned Hollywood directors who will take the helm of the next three installments of The Hire Internet film series. The films are underwritten by BMW.
Slated to premiere on bmwfilms.com beginning this 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 intriguing central character known as The Driver, played by Clive Owen (“The Bourne Identity,” “Gosford Park,” “Croupier”).
“This is a tremendous line-up of talented and diverse filmmakers,” said Jules Daly, Executive Producer of The Hire. “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, Vice President 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 international 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 brilliantly cast with strong supporting characters played by: Mickey Rourke (“The Pledge”), Tomas Milian (“Traffic”), Adriana Lima (Guess model) and Madonna (actress/recording artist).
More than 13 million film views were logged in at the digital-quality streaming video website.