EXCLUSIVE: Martin Scorsese has joined action film as an exec.
Martin Scorsese has joined upcoming Ben Wheatley action film Free Fire as an executive producer.
Kill List director Wheatley, currently in post-production on anticipated dystopian thriller High Rise, has cited Scorsese’s Goodfellas and Casino as influences for Free Fire, a hard-boiled crime movie set in 1978 Boston in which a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.
Shooting is set for the second quarter of 2015 with a cast including Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Michael Smiley. Andy Starke and Rook Films are producing.
Scorsese and his partner in Sikelia Productions Emma Tillinger Koskoff will both serve as executive producers on the film.
Scorsese previously lent his name to the US release campaign of Wheatley’s A Field In England, calling it “Audacious and wildly brilliant. A stunning cinematic experience.”
“I wouldn’t be making films if it wasn’t for Martin Scorsese,” said Wheatley. “I think that’s the case for a lot of directors. It’s an honour and an extreme thrill to have him involved in this project. Wow.”
Protagonist handles international sales, WME will sell domestic.