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 González Iñárritu, 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.
This takes us to 2016 & The Escape…
After the controversial disappearance of their Chief Medical Officer, a shadowy bio genetics company is under siege by the FBI for secretly cloning humans. Amidst the chaos, Molgen’s head mercenary Holt (Jon Bernthal) is sneaking out the last living clone, a young woman named Lily (Dakota Fanning) to a mysterious buyer. Holt has hired The Driver (Clive Owen), accompanied by a heavily armed squadron of fellow Molgen mercenaries, to evade the authorities and deliver Lily and himself to the buyer. The journey takes an unexpected turn and Holt is forced to take matters into his own hands, as the driver once again demonstrates his mettle and extraordinary driving skills.
Shelly Ward Enterprise provided the Vehicle Preparation, Fabrication, Transportation & other various Specialty Services on all 9 films spanning from 2001 & 2016. Watch the BMW Film – The Escape thru the credits for a shout out to Shelly Ward’s amazing Car Prep Technicians & Fabricators!