Amazon Studios has acquired global rights to Patrick Vollrath‘s ‘7500’. Major parts of the hijacking thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt were shot at MMC Studios in Cologne, Germany.
The deal, which was announced on Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, excludes Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Universum Film will distribute the movie in Germany and will release ‘7500’ in German theaters in January 2020.
In ‘7500’, Gordon-Levitt plays the co-pilot of a plane that has been hijacked by terrorists. The title references the code 7500, which a pilot uses in the event of a hijacking. The code is designed to silently alert air traffic controllers of the situation without tipping off the hijacker.
The movie is a high-flying drama set at 30,000 feet. This striking portrait of an airline hijacking brings the horror of modern terrorism to life like never before. Here, every moment is a matter of life and death. Human frailty collides with the desperate fear of the unknown to undermine both hijacker and pilot, and allegiances can change in a heartbeat.
The airline hijacking thriller is Patrick Vollrath’s full-length feature debut following his Academy Award® nominated short, ‘Everything Will Be Okay’. ‘7500’ was written by Patrick Vollrath based on the story by Vollrath and Senad Halilbasic. From October 31 to December 6, 2017, principal photography for ‘7500’ took place on soundstage 37 of MMC Studios in Cologne (Germany), and on location in Mönchengladbach (Germany) and Vienna (Austria).
The film is a production of Cologne-based augenschein Filmproduktion, in co-production with Novotny & Novotny, SWR, BR and ARTE. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lindsay Williams of the Gotham Group are serving as executive producers. The film is backed by Film und Medienstiftung NRW (860,000 Euros / 960,000 USD). Further funding was provided by DFFF, BKM, FFA, MFG, FFHSH as well as ÖFI, Filmfonds Vienna, and FISA.
Title photo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Patrick Vollrath. © MMC Studios / Frank W. Hempel
Photo 2: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Patrick Vollrath on the set of ‘7500’ on MMC’s soundstage 37. © MMC Studios / Hans-Jörg Seibold