By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 11, 2011 at 5:18AM
News from Cannes: newly formed distribution house Open Road Films has landed its first feature: Killer Elite, directed by Gary McKendry and starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert DeNiro. Open Road will handle US distribution (in theaters this fall) on this Omnilab Media project (produced through their Australian extension, Ambience Entertainment).
Killer Elite is based on Sir Ranulph Fiennes' true-story novel, The Feather Men (synopsis below). The action takes its characters all over the world: Australia, Paris, London, Dubai, Wales and Oman. Open Road's CEO, Tom Ortenberg calls it “a fantastic, adrenaline-rush movie with a stellar cast. As one of the highest profile, big budget independent films available for the US, I am thrilled to have Killer Elite as Open Road’s premiere release and to extend my long-standing relationship with the team at Omnilab.”
Inspired by true events, Killer Elite is an action adventure spy film following Danny (Jason Statham), one of the world's most skilled special-ops agents. Lured out of self-imposed exile to execute a near-impossible feat of retribution and personal salvation, Danny reassembles his old team of operatives to help rescue his former mentor (Robert DeNiro), and to penetrate the highly feared and respected military unit, the British Special Air Service (SAS). Facing off against a covert group of ex-SAS soldiers known as “The Feather Men,” who, under their leader Spike (Clive Owen), provide a deadly cloak of security around all SAS members, Danny and his team must take down a rogue cell of solider assassins before their actions result in a global political meltdown.