Open Road Films announced this afternoon that Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan are attached to star in the company’s thriller “Sleepless Night,” which will be directed by Swiss filmmaker Baran Bo Odar.
The project, which is a remake of the 2011 French film “Nuit Blanche,” directed by Frédéric Jardin, centers on a character named Vincent Downs (played by Jamie Foxx), described as a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop, who races to save his son’s life, when gangsters kidnap him for a shipment of cocaine Downs stole from them, all while Internal Affairs is investigating him. Monaghan plays an officer Jennifer Bryant, who is an Internal Affairs agent investigating Downs who ultimately has to decide which side of the law he’s on.
Vertigo Entertainment will produce “Sleepless Night” for Open Road Films, who will finance production and take worldwide distribution rights under their recently announced partnership with FilmNation.
“With a sharp script and a first rate team of talent in front of and behind the camera, we are proud to produce ‘Sleepless Night’ and to make this project the inaugural film under our international distribution agreement with FilmNation,” stated Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road.
Roy Lee and Vertigo Entertainment President of Production, Adam Stone, will produce for Vertigo Entertainment, along with company partner, John Powers Middleton, and company VP, Alex Foster, who will both executive produce.
Open Road Films’ Tom Ortenberg and Peter Lawson are executive producers.
Lauranne Bourrachot and Marco Cherqui from Chic Films who produced the original French film will serve as Executive Producers.
Here’s a trailer for the French original, which looks action-packed; one can’t help bu draw comparisons to the “Taken” films: