Ambulance (film)

Ambulance is an upcoming American action-thriller film directed and produced by Michael Bay. Written by Chris Fedak, the film is based on the 2005 Danish film of the same name by Laurits Munch-Petersen, and stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as two bank robbers who steal an ambulance occupied by a paramedic (Eiza González), and a patient in critical condition.

Ambulance
Directed byMichael Bay
Produced by
Written byChris Fedak
Based onAmbulancen
by Laurits Munch-Petersen
Starring
CinematographyRoberto De Angelis
Production
companies
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • February 18, 2022 (2022-02-18) (United States)[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The project was first announced in August 2015, when Phillip Noyce was hired to direct the film. However, in 2017, he was replaced by Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales, both of who were eventually replaced by Bay in 2020 when Gyllenhaal and Abdul-Mateen II were cast as the leading characters. Principal photography with cinematographer Roberto De Angelis began in January 2021, in Los Angeles, and concluded that March. The film is set to be theatrically released by Universal Pictures on February 18, 2022.

PremiseEdit

The project is described as a three-hander that tells of two brothers that steal an ambulance that is already in a heightened state with a female paramedic and a patient who is in critical condition.

— Original premise prior to a rewrite of the film's screenplay.[2]

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

 
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was cast in December 2020 to replace Dylan O'Brien as one of the lead characters.

On August 28, 2015, it was announced that Phillip Noyce would direct the thriller film Ambulance, a remake of the 2005 Danish film of the same name, from a script written by Chris Fedak.[3] Two years later, Deadline Hollywood reported that Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales would direct the film instead,[4] but the project never entered production.[5] On November 11, 2020, Deadline Hollywood once again reported that the film had found a director, this time stating that Michael Bay would helm the film,[6] which was referred to as a "character-driven project" that would use elements from the 1994 film Speed and the 1995 film Bad Boys, and move away from Bay's normality of "standard explosion-heavy fare".[2]

Financed by Endeavor Content, and produced by the production companies New Republic Pictures and Project X,[7] the original premise of the film followed two brothers who steal an amublance occupied by a female paramedic, and was in talks to star Jake Gyllenhaal and Dylan O'Brien as the two brothers, and Eiza González as the paramedic.[8][9] On December 11, 2020, Universal Pictures confirmed that they would distribute the film, after entering negotiations to do so, and announced that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II would star alongside Gyllenhaal, following scheduling conflicts that caused O'Brien to leave the film and a rewrite of the script.[10][11] Three days later, Gonzalez was confirmed to star,[12] and on January 21, 2021, Garret Dillahunt, A Martinez, Keir O'Donnell, and Moses Ingram joined the cast.[13] In February, it was announced that Wale Folarin, Cedric Sanders, Jackson White, Colin Woodell, Olivia Stambouliah, Jesse Garcia, Victor Gojcaj, and Remi Adeleke would also appear in the film.[14][15][16]

FilmingEdit

Ambulance began filming in Los Angeles in January 2021,[2] with Gonzalez being spotted talking to a paramedic for more information on her role and following safety protocols caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as wearing masks on set.[17] On February 3, Gonzalez was seen having a discussion in Downtown Los Angeles with director and producer Michael Bay on set.[18] Near the end of the month, Bay shared an explosive stunt involving an ambulance on Instagram, in which he was seen on a camera dolly.[19] In March, Gyllenhaal was seen rapidly firing a gun and being involved in a chase sequence with a helicopter.[20] After filming for three months,[21] Olivia Stambouliah confirmed that filming had concluded on March 18, 2021.[22]

ReleaseEdit

Ambulance is scheduled to be released theatrically in the United States by Universal Pictures on February 18, 2022.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 21, 2021). "'No Time To Die' Eyes Second Weekend In October For Theatrical Release; Universal Fills Easter With 'Nobody'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 22, 2021. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Couch, Aaron; Kit, Borys (November 11, 2020). "Michael Bay, Jake Gyllenhaal Teaming for Thriller 'Ambulance'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 11, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  3. ^ Kit, Borys (August 28, 2015). "Phillip Noyce to Direct Thriller 'Ambulance' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 22, 2021. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  4. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (August 17, 2017). "Navot Papushado & Aharon Keshales To Helm 'Ambulance'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 13, 2020. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  5. ^ Evangelista, Chris (November 11, 2020). "Michael Bay WIll Direct 'Speed'-Like Action Movie 'Ambulance' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal". /Film. Archived from the original on November 13, 2020. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 11, 2020). "Michael Bay To Direct Action-Thriller 'Ambulance' With Jake Gyllenhaal In Talks To Star". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 11, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Jackson, Angelique (January 21, 2021). "Universal Sets New Release Dates for Bob Odenkirk's 'Nobody,' Edgar Wright's 'Last Night in Soho'". Variety. Archived from the original on January 22, 2021. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  8. ^ Hermanns, Grant (November 11, 2020). "Michael Bay in Talks With Gyllenhaal, Eyeing González & O'Brien for Ambulance". ComingSoon.net. Archived from the original on November 11, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  9. ^ McNary, Dave (November 11, 2020). "Michael Bay to Direct Thriller 'Ambulance' With Jake Gyllenhaal in Talks to Star". Variety. Archived from the original on November 11, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  10. ^ "Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to Join Jake Gyllenhaal in Michael Bay Thriller 'Ambulance' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. December 11, 2020. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  11. ^ Aquilina, Tyler (December 12, 2020). "Yahya Abdul-Mateen II joins Jake Gyllenhaal in Michael Bay's Ambulance". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 17, 2021. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 14, 2020). "Eiza Gonzalez To Co-Star Opposite Jake Gyllenhaal In Michael Bay's 'Ambulance'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 15, 2020. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 21, 2021). "Garret Dillahunt, A Martinez, Keir O'Donnell & Moses Ingram Join Michael Bay's 'Ambulance'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 22, 2021. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  14. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 4, 2021). "Michael Bay's Action-Thriller 'Ambulance' Adds Five To Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  15. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 5, 2021). "Michael Bay's 'Ambulance' Team Adds Jesse Garcia & Victor Gojcaj". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 6, 2021. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  16. ^ Grater, Tom (February 11, 2021). "Michael Bay Thriller 'Ambulance' Casts Former Navy SEAL Remi Adeleke". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 11, 2021. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  17. ^ "Eiza González is already filming her leading role in the movie "Ambulance"". Explica. January 18, 2021. Archived from the original on January 19, 2021. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  18. ^ "Eiza Gonzalez appears to clash with Michael Bay on-set". Page Six. February 4, 2021. Archived from the original on February 5, 2021. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  19. ^ Pearson, Ben (February 24, 2021). "Watch: Michael Bay Shares an Explosive Stunt Video From His Latest Movie, 'Ambulance'". /Film. Archived from the original on March 3, 2021. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  20. ^ Fuge, Jon (March 10, 2021). "Michael Bay Shares Explosive First Look at New Action Thriller Ambulance". MovieWeb. Archived from the original on March 10, 2021. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  21. ^ Nordstrom, Leigh (March 26, 2021). "Eiza González, 'Godzilla vs. Kong' Star, Writes Her Own Rules". Women's Wear Daily. Archived from the original on March 26, 2021. Retrieved March 26, 2021. She just wrapped a three-month shoot in Los Angeles for the new Michael Bay movie "Ambulance".
  22. ^ Stambouliah, Olivia (March 18, 2021). Wrapped this wild ride. Retrieved March 19, 2021 – via Instagram.

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