bobbydeEXCLUSIVE: Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has set Robert De Niro to star in Bus 757, a Stephen Sepher-scripted action thriller that Scott Mann (The Tournament) will direct. The film, which shoots in September in Baton Rouge, will be distributed by Grindstone/Lionsgate Films with Hannibal Classics’ Richard Rionda Del Castro and Patricia Eberle handling international sales. EFOF principals Randall Emmett and George Furla are producing and financing, and international financing on the $15 million film is being provided by Hannibal Classics and Michael Mendelsohn’s Union Patriot Capital.

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Bus 757 centers on a casino card dealer who puts together a crew to simultaneously rob a bank and hijack a bus full of hostages to use as collateral. De Niro will play “The Pope”, a casino owner with illegitimate business practices whose assets are the targets of the heist. Now that he’s in place, casting will begin in earnest. Emmett, Furla, Sepher and Alexander Tabrizi are producing. Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb will be executive producers along with Daniel Grodnik, del Castro and Eberle and Tim Sullivan is co-producer. De Niro is represented by CAA, EFOF by WME. Mann is repped by Paradigm, Aperture Entertainment and Stone, Meyer.

This adds to an expanding slate for EFOF that includes the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence, the M. Night Shyamalan-directed Labor Of Love with Bruce Willis, and the Tupac Shakur biopic that John Singleton is directing with Open Road releasing it. EFOF is exec producer on the latter film, along with the upcoming Baltasar Kormakur-directed Everest. EFOF most recently premiered the Peter Berg-directed Lone Survivor, and the company wrapped The Prince and Vice, both starring Willis, and both to be released by Grindstone/Lionsgate.