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Production Starting on Rogue's The Hitcher
Source: Rogue Pictures
June 9, 2006
Rogue Pictures' The Hitcher, from filmmaker Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes
production company, has finalized its main cast with the addition of Zachary
Knighton. The actor joins Sean Bean and Sophia Bush in the remake of the
1986 terror classic. Dave Meyers is directing the new film, which begins
production this month.
Bay and Platinum Dunes' Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producing the
new movie, from a screenplay by Jake Wade Wall and Eric Bernt. Rogue
senior vice president of production Adrienne Biddle is overseeing the
project for company co-presidents Andrew Karpen and Andrew Rona.
Rogue will release The Hitcher, for which Focus Features International
is handling overseas sales and distribution, in 2007.
The film tracks the terrifying cross-country trajectory of Jim (Knighton)
and Grace (Bush), two traveling college students who are tormented
by mysterious hitchhiker John Ryder, a.k.a. The Hitcher (Bean).
The Hitcher will mark Knighton's first lead role in a feature, following
supporting roles in The Prince & Me and The Mudge Boy, as well as a
stint as a series regular on the sitcom Life on a Stick.
Platinum Dunes previously produced the hit remakes of The Texas
Chainsaw Massacre (which was also handled overseas by Focus
Features International) and The Amityville Horror.
In addition to The Hitcher, upcoming Rogue Pictures releases include
Vondie Curtis Hall's Waist Deep, starring Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good,
Larenz Tate, and The Game (which opens nationwide this month); Jet
Li's Fearless, starring Jet Li and directed by Ronny Yu; The Return,
starring Sarah Michelle Gellar for director Asif Kapadia; Robert Ben
Garant's Balls of Fury, starring Dan Fogler, George Lopez, Maggie Q,
and Christopher Walken; and Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz, the new
comedy from the Shaun of the Dead team.


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