EXCLUSIVE: Emmett/Furla Films co-founders Randall Emmett & George Furla have acquired Fair Trade, an action thriller that had been developed by Alcon Entertainment as a potential vehicle for Liam Neeson. They want Neeson, and while it isn’t immediately clear if the actor will star, Emmett/Furla will finance the film for a summer start in Pittsburgh. The film is based on the Serbian thriller The Trap. Ericson Core (Invincible) is directing a script by Matt Aldrich. Emmett/Furla is in final negotiations with Open Road Films for domestic distribution. The Open Road team is here in Toronto unveiling one of the fest’s hot titles, End Of Watch. That David Ayer-directed film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena.
In Fair Trade, Warren is down on his luck and works as a limo driver, despite having a master’s degree. When his son has a seizure and needs surgery, he learns that the insurance company won’t cover it. With no money, a mysterious man approaches with a deal: he’ll pay for the child’s surgery if the driver kills a mobster. Warren at first refuses, but reconsiders once he realizes his child’s life depends on it. Joely Richardson had also been attached to the film’s previous incarnation.
The film will be produced by Emmett/Furla’s Emmett and Furla and Bridge Films’ Matt Riklin. “We really liked the script and felt this was a natural fit for us to finance and produce,” the EFF principals said. “It continues the tradition of Emmett/Furla taking on exciting, action-oriented scripts.” Emmett said.