Ketchup Entertainment has acquired the action thriller Vehicle 19, which stars The Fast And The Furious topliner Paul Walker, Naima McLean, Gys de Villiers, Leyla Haidarian, and Tshepo Maseko. It was directed by Retribution‘s Mukunda Michael Dewil. Ryan Haidarian and Peter Safran produced and Walker and Eddie Mbalo are exec producers. Walker plays a recent parolee who unwittingly picks up the wrong rental vehicle after a long flight. He soon realizes that he is the target of an entire police force after discovering the tied-up female “passenger” in the trunk. Pic will be released in June.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Mukunda and Paul. We are looking forward to launching this movie across multiple platforms, and believe this high-adrenaline thriller will be embraced by audiences everywhere,” says Gareth West, Ketchup Entertainment’s CEO. UTA’s Rena Ronson made the deal with West and Ketchup’s Head of Acquisitions Stephen Stanley at Sundance. Ketchup has funded several films including the BBC pic Lost Christmas. It established a domestic distribution division last May with ARC Entertainment.