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Open Road Picks Up Dax Shepard's Ensemble Action Comedy Outrun

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 18, 2011 at 2:17PM

Open Road Films, launched earlier this year by the AMC and Regal theater chains, has picked up all U.S. rights to the romantic action comedy "Outrun." Written and co-directed by star Dax Shepard (“Parenthood”), the road movie boasts a sprawling ensemble including Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges and Kristin Chenoweth. David Palmer co-directs. Open Road's Tom Ortenberg calls it "a wildly fun and funny movie." Sherpard stars in "Outrun" as ex-getaway driver Charlie Bronson who flees Witness Protection in order to drive his girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles to seek a new job. Their road trip goes awry as they are not only chased by the Feds (led by Tom Arnold) but Bronson's ex-gang (led by Bradley Cooper). Shades of "Midnight Run."
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Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell Co-Star in romantic road comedy "Outrun"
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell Co-Star in romantic road comedy "Outrun"

Open Road Films, launched earlier this year by the AMC and Regal theater chains, has picked up all U.S. rights to the romantic action comedy "Outrun." Written and co-directed by star Dax Shepard (“Parenthood”), the road movie boasts a sprawling ensemble including Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges and Kristin Chenoweth. David Palmer co-directs.  Open Road's Tom Ortenberg calls it "a wildly fun and funny movie."

Sherpard stars in "Outrun" as ex-getaway driver Charlie Bronson who flees Witness Protection in order to drive his girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles to seek a new job. Their road trip goes awry as they are not only chased by the Feds (led by Tom Arnold) but Bronson's ex-gang (led by Bradley Cooper). Shades of "Midnight Run."

“My number-one passion after Kristen and work is motorsports -- I'm interested in almost anything with an engine," said Shepard. "This movie is like a giant cake made with my three favorite ingredients: my fiancée, my best friends and all my favorite cars. It was a six week-long birthday party!”

Andrew Panay produced "Outrun" with Nate Tuck, Kim Waltrip and Jim Casey. Exclusive Media Group is selling foreign rights.

So far Open Road Films has released "Killer Elite" to modest numbers; their upcoming slate includes Joe Carnahan's action thriller "The Grey," starring Liam Neeson (January 27, 2012); Chris Kentis and Laura Lau's horror thriller "Silent House," starring Elizabeth Olsen (March 9, 2012); Andrew Niccol's "The Host," based on "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer’s bestseller, starring Saoirse Ronan (March 29, 2013); and the in-the-works psychological thriller "Key Man," to be directed by Brian de Palma. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.