Doyle, Frank, Wes, Matt, Vincent and Graham sit in a cafe mourning the loss of Josef. They’re a mismatch and if you were looking closely, you’d wonder how such a group could be friends. But they’re not, they’re colleagues, led by Frank, and they’re about to embark on the job of their lives. Maybe it’s their last together.
The Vidago Casino, Budapest, is about to host the largest baccarat competition in the world, and that means Euros in the vault. A lot. The vault is three meters under the river in a natural cave. The only way to reach it is by an elevator shaft which leads to the vault tunnel. The way in? Under water.
Backed by the beautiful Madeleine’s finance & plans, the crew get to work. The preparation is tense, dangerous and fatal for one of them. Frank has doubts about Madeleine but does not see the potential sting. He’s too busy feeding off the charge, the buzz, the adrenalin; Doyle sees his own bleak future in Frank if he carries on and meeting Silvie offers another way; Graham is under pressure from his wife to walk away but held by a bond of loyalty to Frank. They embark on their spectacular heist. Their preparation pays off as they break into the safe without a hitch and…leave the money.
They have a plan: whilst the safe is open, 50m Euros sits uninsured and will need to be moved. That’s when they’ll strike, with a little help from their friends. But one by one the team is being picked off. Can they trust anyone around them? It would appear not….
PRODUCER: Lucas Foster
Lucas Foster is one of Hollywoods most gifted and successful producers. His credits include Mr and Mrs Smith, directed by Doug Liman and starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie; Walking Tall, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson for MGM/UA; and Ultraviolet, starring Mila Jovovich with director Kurt Wimmer for Screen Gems. He is also executive producer of Imagining Argentina, starring Antonio Banderas.
As Executive Vice President of Production for Simpson/Bruckheimer films, Foster was the executive producer of Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence; Dangerous Minds, starring Michelle Pfeiffer; and Crimson Tide, directed by Tony Scott and starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman.
With Scott Rudin, Foster found, acquired and developed John Grisham's unpublished manuscript The Firm which became a famous bestseller and a hit film starring Tom Cruise, directed by Sydney Pollack. Among the other projects acquired or developed for Scott Rudin were Executive Decision and Rules of Engagement.
Within seven months after arriving at Simpson/Bruckheimer Productions, Foster helped find and develop The Ref, which starred Denis Leary and Kevin Spacey. In addition, he found, developed and executive produced Dangerous Minds, starring Michelle Pfeiffer; Crimson Tide, starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, directed by Tony Scott; and Bad Boys, which kicked off the feature film careers of Will Smith, Martin Lawrence and director Michael Bay. In addition, Foster was involved in the development of The Rock and Enemy of the State, the latter starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman, directed by Tony Scott, which was derived from Foster's original story with David Marconi.
DIRECTOR: Asger Leth
Asger Leth is a Hollywood rising star, the son of Danish multi award winning film director Jørgen Leth. He received wide acclaim for Ghosts of Cité Soleil, described as a raw, uncompromising, relentless, in-your-face, verite documentary for which he received the award for the best documentary at the annual festival with Director Association Directors' Guild of America. Following that recognition he was selected by Hollywood powerhouse, Summit Films to direct his first feature for wide release, Man on a Ledge with an all star cast of Sam Worthington in the lead role and supported by Elizabeth Banks, Ed Burns, Ed Harris, and Kyra Sedgewick. Severance will be the second major feature for this exciting talent; one that has Hollywood sitting up and paying attention.
WRITER: Brad Mirman
Born in Hollywood, California, Brad Mirman attended Beverly Hills High School where it soon became obvious he had a flair for writing when his spec script Partners in Crime sold to Paramount in 1989 after a bidding war. His next screenplay, Knight Moves (1992) starred Christopher Lambert and Diane Lane. Mirman spent every day on the set reworking scenes, and his hard work paid off when the film won a Critics Award at the Cognac Festival du Film Policier. Kiefer Sutherland directed and starred in Mirman’s screenplay Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997) followed by Resurrection (1999), with actor Christopher Lambert. The two worked together again in Gideon (1999), and in more recent years his scripts have attracted some of Hollywood’s top actors including Christian Slater, Gerard Depardieu, and Harvey Keitel.
SALES AGENTS: GFM Films
GFM Films is a London based film company whose principal aim is to develop, produce, finance and sell independent movies and television films & series.
Founded in March 2011 by former Handmade Films International principals Guy Collins, Fred Hedman and Michael Ryan, the company takes film & television projects from development through to completion and delivery to distributors. The 3 partners broadly divide their activities as follows: Fred Hedman – distribution sales & licensing; Michael Ryan – new project development & creative control; and Guy Collins – financing and management. In addition, a fourth corporate member, Hencohbla Ltd, joined the partnership last year as a financier/investor. They are supported by a close group of consultants who have previously worked extensively with the team.
Collins and Ryan have between them financed, sold and produced over 200 films, including The Wild Geese, The English Patient, The General, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Osterman Weekend, the Highlander series (4 feature films and 160 episodes in the 7 years TV series) and more recently, with Hedman, Fifty Dead Men Walking and Planet 51. Currently GFM is handling the world wide marketing and sales of Toei Animation’s Harlock: Space Pirate a $30m 3D Motion Capture feature film that Premiered at the Venice Film Festival on the 2nd September 2013. Avatar director James Cameron has described Harlock as ‘Mythic, Epic and Visually Unprecedented’.