BMW Films Award-Winning Original Series To Debut Three New Films By John Woo, John Carnahan And Tony Scott

‘The Hire’ – the award winning series of original films commissioned by BMW – will debut three new films this season. ‘The Hire’ internet film series received international acclaim when it premiered in 2001 on starring some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Madonna and directors Guy Ritchie and Ang Lee.

The constant theme through the series is British actor Clive Owen who plays the mysterious, unnamed driver-for-hire. This season ‘The Hire’ series stars Gary Oldman, James Brown, Don Cheadle, F. Murray Abraham, Maury Chayken and Kathryn Morris with cameo appearances by Marilyn Manson, Ray Liotta, Robert Patrick and Dennis Haysbert.

The first film, ‘Hostage’, directed by John Woo will premiere on on 24 October 2002. The Driver (Owen) is hired to deliver ransom money for the release of a distinguished CEO (Morris). When the exchange goes awry and the kidnapper (Chaykin) provides a phone number instead of the hostage, The Driver must race against time to find her before her mobile phone battery, and her air supply, runs out.

‘Ticker’, directed by John Carnahan, will premiere on on 7 November. Political espionage, dramatic tension and emotional suspense come together in this tense thriller involving the delivery of a mysterious brief case. The Driver becomes the contingency plan for a foreign dignitary (Abraham) and a government agent (Cheadle) as a team of secret agents (Liotta, Patrick and Haysbert) await the arrival of the ticking case.

‘Beat the Devil’, directed by Tony Scott will debut on on 21 November. This dark comedy finds The Driver hired to chauffeur a famous rock star (Brown) to a meeting with a man we’re led to believe is the devil (Oldman). The rock star once sold his soul in exchange for fame and fortune and now, in his twilight years, wants to renegotiate. The devil won’t budge, and instead challenges the star and The Driver to a drag race. Rocker Marilyn Manson cameos.

The previous series of ‘The Hire’ is also available for viewing on

Biographies for all the actors and directors in ‘The Hire’ can be found on

Published 22 October 2002 Melanie Carter

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