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Clive Owen is back behind the wheel in teaser trailer for The Escape

09.30.2016
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Clive Owen BMW The Escape

Until last week I had completely forgotten about BMW Films’ THE HIRE, a series of eight short films released in 2001-2002 which starred Clive Owen as The Driver, a mysterious and bad-ass character who drove various people from place to place. Directed by the likes of John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar Wai, Guy Ritchie, Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Woo, Joe Carnahan and Tony Scott, THE HIRE was unlike anything else out there at the time and fifteen years later, BMW has resurrected the series with Neill Blomkamp's THE ESCAPE. Check out a brief teaser for the upcoming short which also stars Dakota Fanning, Jon Bernthal and Vera Farmiga.

Neill Blomkamp was in film school back when the original episodes were being released and told THR that he found them to be really groundbreaking. "They seemed like the perfect halfway point between commercials and features. I actually emailed the production company as a 20-year-old and was like, ‘I’d really like to make one of these.’ They wrote back, ‘Never contact us again.' And here I am [laughs]."

THE ESCAPE will debut on BMWFilms.com on October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. EST.

Source: BMV

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6:02AM on 10/04/2016

Josue

I always believed this series inspired "The Transporter" starring 'Jason Statham.' As a matter of fact the original Transporter car in the first movie was a BMW, it wasnt till,the sequel arrived that they switched to AUDI. The chase styles were similar, the actual bullet shots effect were similar.

But, it was just my opinion until I've met others who felt the same to. Glad to see Clive Owen is back as the original Driver/Transporter. Now that Jason retired his Transporter driving gloves,
I always believed this series inspired "The Transporter" starring 'Jason Statham.' As a matter of fact the original Transporter car in the first movie was a BMW, it wasnt till,the sequel arrived that they switched to AUDI. The chase styles were similar, the actual bullet shots effect were similar.

But, it was just my opinion until I've met others who felt the same to. Glad to see Clive Owen is back as the original Driver/Transporter. Now that Jason retired his Transporter driving gloves, it is nice to return to our Driver roots. Can't wait to see this.
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10:26AM on 10/01/2016
Glad to see The Driver is back. For me, the best of the ad decades ago was John Woo's version where The Driver needs to rescue the kidnapped girl in time before she drowns.
Glad to see The Driver is back. For me, the best of the ad decades ago was John Woo's version where The Driver needs to rescue the kidnapped girl in time before she drowns.
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9:25AM on 10/01/2016
The most memorable one has to be the Tony Scott short, where the driver races a Gary Oldman devil. I'm pumped to see a new one.
The most memorable one has to be the Tony Scott short, where the driver races a Gary Oldman devil. I'm pumped to see a new one.
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10:41PM on 09/30/2016

Awesome

Wow, Clive Owen! Its been a while
Wow, Clive Owen! Its been a while
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