Gerard Butler to Star In Elevated Action Thriller “THE PLANE”

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MadRiver Pictures and Di Bonaventura Pictures announced today that Gerard Butler (Angel Has Fallen) will star in the upcoming elevated action thriller The Plane. The script was written by Charles Cumming and JP Davis (Violence of Action), based on the book by Cumming.

The film will be produced by Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonvaventura and Mark Vahradian, MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan and Ara Keshishian, and Butler and Alan Siegel under their G-BASE banner.


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The Plane is a real time action thriller that follows commercial pilot Ray Torrance (Butler) who after a heroic job of successfully landing his storm-damaged aircraft in a war zone, finds himself caught between the agendas of multiple militia who are planning to take the plane and its passengers’ hostage. As the world’s authorities and media search for the disappeared aircraft Ray must rise to the occasion and keep his passengers safe long enough for help to arrive.

MadRiver International will launch sales for The Plane at AFM next week and CAA Media Finance will handle the domestic rights to the film. The film is scheduled to shoot in 2Q 2020.


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Butler is fresh off the box office hit, Angel Has Fallen, which is the final installment in the highly successful Fallen trilogy and recently wrapped production on Greenland for director Ric Roman Waugh. Butler is represented by CAA and Alan Siegel Entertainment. Davis is repped by Management 360 and Tara Kole at Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc.

About MadRiver
MadRiver International is a partnership between Marc Butan’s MadRiver Pictures and Vincent Maraval’s Wild Bunch International.  Kim Fox oversees the Company’s operations.   MadRiver International’s primary focus is serving as sales agent on English language, mid and larger budgeted films for the international theatrical and streaming marketplace.


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The MadRiver slate includes: What Is Life Worth starring Michael Keaton and directed by Sara Colangelo which is currently in post-production; Tim Kirkby’s Waldo starring Mel Gibson and Charlie Hunnam, also in post-production; Scott Z. Burns The Report starring Adam Driver, which Amazon is releasing on November 15th; and Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen which will be distributed by STX on January 24th.

About Di Bonaventura Pictures
Formed by Lorenzo di Bonaventura in January 2003, di Bonaventura Pictures has produced over 30 films including the Transformers, GI Joe and Red franchises; the global box-office hit The Meg for Warner Bros; the espionage thriller Salt starring Angelina Jolie; Deepwater Horizon based on the real-life disaster; American Assassin starring Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton; Shooter and the critically acclaimed thriller Side Effects, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Upcoming films include Infinite for Paramount Pictures directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Mark Wahlberg, Sophie Cookson and Chiwetel Ejofor and GI Joe spin-off, Snake Eyes directed by Robert Schwentke and starring Henry Golding.


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In 2011, the company branched into television production with the formation of di Bonaventura Pictures Television, which has produced The Real O’Neals, Shooter and the forthcoming adaptation of Mark Millar’s graphic novel, Jupiters Legacy for Netflix.

About G-BASE
G-BASE, the production shingle founded by Gerard Butler and Alan Siegel, has produced fifteen feature films since opening in 2008 including Law Abiding Citizen, Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen, and the most recent film in the franchise Angel Has Fallen, which was number one at the box office for two weeks. Their latest films include The Vanishing and Hunter Killer starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, and Common. Most recently, their film Them That Follow premiered and sold at Sundance in US Dramatic Competition and stars Alice Englert and Olivia Colman. G-BASE’s heist film Den of Thieves is their latest hit in a string of box office successes. Greenland, their next production, completed filming in August and is directed by Ric Roman Waugh. In addition to film, the company continues to produce and develop a diverse slate of projects including television series, documentaries, and interactive media projects.

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