Aaron Eckhart, Devon Sawa and Director Jesse V. Johnson Unite on Crime Thriller THIEVES HIGHWAY


Red Sea Media Handling International Sales

Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Midway, Sully), Devon Sawa (Final DestinationNow and Then, Casper) and director Jesse V. Johnson (Chief of Station, Avengement) unite to bring screenwriter Travis Mills’ crime thriller ‘THIEVES HIGHWAY” to life.  Corey Large (One Ranger) is producing through his 308 Enterprises banner.

Executive producers are Kirk Shaw (The Hurt Locker, Papa Hemingway in Cuba, Extraction),  Jordan Nott (Assassination, Cold DeckI) and Jon Keeyes (White Elephant).  BondIt Media Capital and Pink 308 will finance the production.

Red Sea Media will be handling international sales and will debut the film for buyers at the Marché du Film in Cannes.

Eckhart plays an Oklahoma Stock Detective in over his head in the “Breaking Bad” world of modern cattle rustling. Eckhart and Johnson previously collaborated on Vertical’s Chief of Station which is currently in theaters and streaming. 

Ex-stuntman, Johnson (AvengementDebt Collectors, Boudica: Queens of War), who has built a solid reputation and a loyal following for hand-crafted character driven action films, says, “’THIEVES HIGHWAY’ is a passion project, for Aaron and me.  We spent a lot of time developing Travis Mills’ script, embracing factual anecdotes and actual characters to flesh out a vibrant and action-packed modern crime story.”

“Aaron is creating a unique brand starring in high-quality genre pictures, joining the likes of Liam Neeson and Mel Gibson, and we are excited to be part of enhancing that profile with ‘THIEVES HIGHWAY,’” commented Large.  “Jesse’s background in stunts ensures that audiences will experience the story as though they are in the middle of the action.”

Corey Large is producing through his 308 Enterprises banner.   Upcoming productions include Assassination directed by the acclaimed Barry Levinson (United Artist’s Oscar winning Rain Man, New Line Cinema’s Wag The Dog, Buena Vista Pictures’ Good Morning Vietnam) and an Award winning cast including Academy Award-winner Al Pacino (The Irishman, The Devil’s Advocate), and BAFTA winning Shia LaBeouf (MegalopolisHoney Boy), and the recently announced action thriller Razor’s Edge starring James Franco and Tommy Lee Jones set for a June 2024 shoot.

Aaron Eckhardt is best known to global audiences for his portrayal of Harry Dent in Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight.  Eckhardt has worked with top directors and actors in such films as: Lionsgate’s Midway directed by Roland Emmerich; Warner Bros.’ Sully directed by Clint Eastwood; Fox Searchlight’s Thank You For Smoking directed by Jason Reitman, Focus’ London Has Fallen and Olympus Has Fallen with  Gerard Butler, Angela Basset and Morgan Freeman; and Universal’s Erin Brokovich directed by Steven Soderbergh starring Julia Roberts.     Eckhardt’s TV credits include his portrayal of President Gerald Ford Showtime’s “The First Lady” with Michelle Pfeiffer playing Betty Ford; and his adding his voice to the character of Cary in AMC+ animated series “Pantheon.”

Devon Sawa first gained notoriety in the title role in Universal’s Casper. He went on to appear in New Line Cinema’s Now and Then with Christina Ricci and Thora Birch, Warner Bros.’ Little Giants opposite Rick Moranis, and Warner Bros.’ Wild America with Jonathan Taylor Thomas. In his early twenties, Devon sought out edgier movies such as Sony’s Idle Hands co-starring Seth Green and Jessica Alba, Sony Classics’ SLC Punk opposite Jason Segel and Annabeth Gish, New Line’s Final Destination with Ali Larter, Screen Gems’ Slackers opposite Jason Segel and Jason Schwartzman,  and playing ‘Stan’ in the acclaimed video for Eminem’s hit song of the same name, directed by Dr. Dre.  Sawa’s other film credits include Paramount Pictures’ Extreme Ops with Rufus Sewell, The Fanatic with John Travolta, and Lionsgate’s Escape Plan: The Extractors opposite Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista.   His television credits include recurring roles in Syfy’s “Chucky,” and CW’s “Nikita,” and the lead in Showtime’s Robin of Locksley.

Eckhart is represented by Tracy Brennan at CAA;  Sawa is represented by The Gersh Agency; Johnson is represented by Abram Nalibotsky & Greg Pedicin at The Gersh Agency; Mills is represented by Carson Law Group; Large is represented by CAA with legal representation by Carissa Knoll of Knoll/Hanley.

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