03 Feb 2016
MICHAEL PEÑA HEADS THE ACTION-THRILLER THE WORKER
Los Angeles, CA – February 1st, 2016 – Michael Peña (“The Martian,” “Ant-Man,” “Fury”) has signed on as the starring lead in the action-thriller “The Worker” for Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s production outfit, The Combine, and Content Media. Dan Bradley (“Red Dawn”) is directing the film from a screenplay by Kyle Rankin.
Producers are The Combine’s Academy Award® nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker,” “The Avengers,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and “Rogue Nation”) and Don Handfield (“The Founder”, “Knightfall”, “Kill The Messenger”) and Content Media’s Tom Butterfield. Peña will executive produce through his Strata Films banner, with Philip G. Flores.
Content Media will handle international sales for “The Worker” and introduce the project to distributors for the first time at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin next month. CAA will represent the film’s N. American distribution rights.
“The Worker” is “Taken” meets “Bourne” – equipped with spectacular gun fights, car chases and lethal hand-to-hand combat, from Director Dan Bradley, who made a name for himself as Second Unit Director and Stunt Coordinator on a number of high-octane blockbuster hits including the “Bourne” series, “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Green Zone,” “Crank,” “The Expendables 3,” “Spider-Man 2 and 3” and “Three Kings,” to name a few.
In “The Worker,” Peña plays Manny, an ex-member of Special Forces, Mexico’s elite fighting unit. When the cartel puts a hit out on his family, his only choice is to flee to Los Angeles.
But crossing a border doesn’t guarantee safety. Manny’s beautiful wife Maria and son are kidnapped. He has to rely on his skills, his raw nerve, and resourcefulness in order to take down a team of drug dealers whose sole aim is to destroy him and everything he holds dear.
Currently in pre-production, principal photography on “The Worker” is slated to begin later this year.
In a joint statement, Handfield and Renner said, “We are huge fans of Dan Bradley, not just in his proven track record of creating groundbreaking and visceral action, but in his ability as a director to deliver an emotional experience. With incredible actors like Michael Peña, we know he will be able to create a film both spectacular and resonant. We are excited to collaborate with the team at Content Media in bringing Dan’s vision to the screen.”
Content’s President of Film Jamie Carmichael and Butterfield said: “We are thrilled to be producing the film with such great talent on both sides of the camera. The Combine and Dan have a wealth of experience in this genre along with Michael’s ability to make it an emotional story. We know the audience will want to follow along for a great ride.”
In addition to “The Worker,” Content’s impressive international sales slate includes the Manolo Blahnik documentary “Manolo”; the Maria Callas biopic “Callas,” starring Noomi Rapace with Niki Caro directing; Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s produced sci-fi “Higher Power”; Joel David Moore’s dramedy “Youth in Oregon” starring Christina Applegate, Josh Lucas, Billy Crudup, Frank Langella and Nicola Peltz; Dennis Hauck’s neo-noir detective thriller “Too Late,” starring Academy Award®-nominee John Hawkes; the supernatural horror “Don’t Knock Twice,” from ‘The Machine’ team starring Katee Sackhoff, Lucy Boynton and Nick Moran; the uplifting emotional drama “Life at these Speeds” starring Billy Crudup, Graham Rogers and Tim Roth; the star-studded romantic drama “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” starring Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel, Orlando Jones, with Paul Reiser and Mary Steenburgen; Amy Berg’s “Janis: Little Girl Blue” selected at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals; the smash hit HBO documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief” from Academy Award® winning director Alex Gibney, which was the network's most watched documentary premiere in a decade; and Oscar Wilde's “The Canterville Ghost” voiced by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
About Content Media Corporation
Content Media Corporation Ltd is a London and LA-based private company that owns and distributes a significant library of film, television, and digital assets. The Company’s library of rights includes over 5,000 hours of television programming, 200 hours of digital programming and 275 feature films.
Content Media recently closed a multi-faceted deal with Bruno Wu’s Beijing-based Seven Stars Entertainment and Media, Ltd., in which Content acquired the Alive Group of companies allowing Content to distribute its extensive library of film and television rights through the Alive Group to the Chinese market, as well as a direct equity investment by Seven Stars into Content
The film sales division launched in 2002 and represents high profile, commercial feature films with great artistic and theatrical ambition. In addition to handling worldwide sales, marketing, and publicity, the company assists film producers in securing financing.
About The Combine
The Combine was founded in 2013 by two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner and filmmaker Don Handfield to create, develop and produce high quality, character-driven content with award-winning potential from every genre.
Since its creation, The Combine has helped produce the true-life dramatic thriller KILL THE MESSENGER, starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Michael Cuesta from a screenplay by Peter Landesman, and THE THROWAWAYS, a feature length action comedy that premiered on Crackle, starring Sam Worthington, Kevin Dillon and James Caan, and recently completed principal principal photography on THE FOUNDER, starring Michael Keaton, directed by John Lee Hancock. The Combine also recently sold the television series PLAYING WITH FIRE to HBO and had their television show KNIGHTFALL ordered to series by The History Channel.