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."
“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.