EXCLUSIVE: Image Entertainment has acquired all US rights to the action film Drive Hard starring John Cusack and Thomas Jane. Voltage Pictures handles international sales at AFM.

The thriller recently wrapped production in Australia and is set for theatrical release in 2014.

Brian Trenchard-Smith directed the story of a former race driver turned instructor who is forced to drive a mysterious thief on a race across Australia’s Gold Coast. Chad Law and Evan Law wrote the screenplay.

Image Entertainment chief acquisitions officer Bill Bromiley, Mark Ward and Michael Bayer negotiated the deal with Network Pictures’ Dan Grodnik.

“We’re thrilled to have another opportunity to work with John Cusack,” said Bromiley. “The Numbers Station was a great acquisition for us, bringing us much success. This action film pushes limits, engaging audiences to new levels.”