BMW Films Presents: The Escape — Trailer


added: Mon, Oct 3rd '16

Clive Owen is back behind the wheel of a BMW in a new 30-second trailer for "The Escape."

"The Knick" star, who was once considered as a James Bond contender, is finding himself in the middle of a new hair-raising situation as he reprises his role of "The Driver" in the forthcoming revival of the 2001 action web series from BMW Films.

"The Escape," which also stars Dakota Fanning, Vera Farmiga, and Jon Bernthal, is the new BMW-sponsored, 11-minute action film -- this time, written and directed by sci-fi visionary Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie).

It seems Blomkamp has been a huge fan of the original short film series since the very beginning. While attending film school in the early 2000s, Blomkamp even tried to get hired to direct a segment -- even though, all eight BMW shorts were helmed by some of the top directors in the industry (the list included Tony Scott, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Wong Kar-wai, Guy Ritchie, Ang Lee, etc.).

So when offered to oversee the relaunch, Blomkamp jumped at the chance to create his own version. No word yet if more BMW Films are coming; or if BMW is talking with any directors other than Blomkamp.

Nevertheless, Blomkamp's "The Escape" is scheduled to make its internet debut later this month, Sunday, October 23, exclusively on

Launched in 2001, BMW Films' "The Hire" was a series of eight groundbreaking online short films starring Clive Owen as an enigmatic driver for hire. Each film was a unique story, with David Fincher and Ridley and Tony Scott acting as executive producers. The films were helmed by acclaimed directors John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar Wai, Guy Ritchie, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, John Woo, Joe Carnahan and Tony Scott, and featured stars like Madonna, Gary Oldman, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, F. Murray Abraham and James Brown. Available only online and released four years before the invention of YouTube, the films were critically-acclaimed and fifteen years later still have a cult following...


directed by   Neill Blomkamp

starring   Clive Owen, Dakota Fanning, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga

release date   October 23, 2016 (internet release; via

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