According to Variety, Summit Entertainment has secured the North American rights to distribute Nicholas Cage’s Drive Angry, the high-concept revenge piece from Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, the creative team behind My Bloody Valentine 3-D. The picture, which centers on a man racing through a desert in pursuit of the man who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter, is currently slated for February 11, 2011 in a clear counter-programming ploy.
Summit is clearly hoping that Drive Angry is able to re-create the success of My Bloody Valentine 3-D which was also released around Valentine’s Day and ended with a worldwide take of $100 million. Thanks to the Twilight franchise, Summit has become a legitimate player in Hollywood, so far ranking 7th in gross among studios for 2009. Hopefully they are able to parlay their newfound success better than the last mid-major to get a huge, fantasy induced cash influx. Yes, New Line, I am looking at you and, yes, I am still angry about The Golden Compass.