Netflix Acquires Frank Grillo Action Thriller ‘Wheelman’


Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to Wheelman, a high-concept action thriller set to star Frank Grillo.

Deadline reports that the streaming giant forked out around $10 million for the rights to the film, which is scheduled to begin shooting later this year.

As per the official synopsis, Wheelman will see Grillo playing “a getaway driver thrust into a high stakes race-to-survive after a bank robbery goes terribly wrong. With a car full of money and his family on the line, the clock is ticking to figure out who double-crossed him, and the only person he can trust… his fourteen-year-old daughter. All reasons to think fast, and drive faster.”

Attached as director and writer is Jeremy Rush, a short-film director making his feature film debut. Producing the picture is Joe Carnahan, known for directing Smokin’ Aces and The Grey, and Myles Nestel (The November Man, Machete).

“What Netflix and [Netflix Chief Content Officer] Ted Sarandos are allowing talent and independent film makers to do, is experience a freedom without the pressures of the conventional film model,” Grillo said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this.”

Grillo has been lining up progressively bigger roles over the last few years, from turns in television outings such as The Shield, Prison Break and The Gates, to feature credits in films such as Warrior, The Grey, and End of Watch. He’s arguably best known for leading The Purge: Anarchy, a role he’ll reprise later this year in The Purge: Election Year, and for playing Brock Rumlow / Crossbones in Captain America films Winter Soldier and Civil War.