“Kill List,” “Sightseers” and “A Field in England” director Ben Wheatley will at last make his way across the pond to shoot “Free Fall,” a hardboiled crime thriller that is the Brit provocateur’s first US production.
Welshman Luke Evans (recently in “Dracula Untold”) will take the lead in this $10 million gangster picture about an east coast arms deal gone horribly awry in 1978 Boston. The rest of the impressive cast so far includes Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Wheatley righthand man Michael Smiley, who played a British soldier turned contract killer in Wheatley’s brain-bending 2011 horror movie “Kill List.”
Wheatley is no genre moviemaking virgin. In a new interview with The Guardian, he promises a thriller in the vein of Sam Peckinpah, classic Bogie noirs, Scorsese, “Le Samourai” and “The French Connection.” “‘Free Fire’ will take you and stick you in the middle of the action. I want the film to have the stylish, no-nonsense feel that you get in [Sam] Peckinpah’s ‘The Getaway.’ It’s a modern 70s movie. Muscular, tough and spare.”
The film, which we’re already excited about, is due to shoot in Spring 2015 and will be pitched to distributors at the American Film Market this week. Wheatley, currently wrapping his J.G. Ballard adaptation “High Rise” starring Tom Hiddleston and Elisabeth Moss, shouldn’t have a hard time landing the project.