Bullet Train
Directed byDavid Leitch
Screenplay byZak Olkewicz
Based onMaria Beetle (published in English as Bullet Train)
by Kōtarō Isaka, originally published by Kadokawa Shoten
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyJonathan Sela
Music byDominic Lewis[1]
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • July 15, 2022 (2022-07-15) (United States)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$85.9 million[2]

Bullet Train is an upcoming American action thriller film directed by David Leitch. The film is based on the novel Maria Beetle (published in English as Bullet Train) by Kōtarō Isaka. The film stars an ensemble cast consisting of Brad Pitt, Joey King, Andrew Koji, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Masi Oka, Michael Shannon, Logan Lerman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Karen Fukuhara, Bad Bunny and Sandra Bullock.

Bullet Train is scheduled to be released in the United States on July 15, 2022, by Sony Pictures Releasing.

Premise

Five assassins find themselves on a Japanese bullet train, realizing that their individual assignments are all interconnected.

Cast

Production

It was announced in June 2020 that Sony Pictures hired David Leitch to direct the adaptation of the Kōtarō Isaka novel,[3] with Antoine Fuqua producing[3] and Brad Pitt being cast in the film the following month.[4] Joey King entered negotiations to join in a role described as a supporting role on "a cameo level".[5] In September, Andrew Koji was added,[6] with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry joining in October.[7][8] In November 2020, Zazie Beetz,[9] Masi Oka,[10] Michael Shannon,[11] Logan Lerman,[12] and Hiroyuki Sanada joined the cast,[13] with Leitch revealing in December that Karen Fukuhara had also joined, and that Jonathan Sela would serve as cinematographer.[14] That same month, Bad Bunny was also added to the cast,[15] and Sandra Bullock joined the following year in February to replace Lady Gaga, who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with House of Gucci.[16]

Production for Bullet Train began in October 2020 in Los Angeles, during the COVID-19 pandemic.[17] Filming commenced on November 16, 2020,[18] and wrapped in March 2021.[19] Pitt performed the majority of his stunts in the film.[20]

Release

It is scheduled to be released on July 15, 2022. It was originally set to be released on April 8, 2022.[21]

References

  1. ^ "Dominic Lewis to Score David Leitch's 'Bullet Train'". Film Music Reporter. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  2. ^ Film and Television Tax Credit Program Program 3.0 (PDF) (Report). California Film Commission. p. 1. Retrieved January 26, 2021.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Fleming, Mike Jr. (June 24, 2020). "'Hobbs & Shaw' Helmer David Leitch Boards Sony's 'Bullet Train'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 14, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (July 6, 2020). "Brad Pitt Commits To Board 'Bullet Train'; David Leitch To Helm Sony Pictures Action Film". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 6, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 3, 2020). "'The Kissing Booth' Star Joey King Turns Assassin Opposite Brad Pitt in Sony's 'Bullet Train'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 15, 2020). "Snake Eyes's Andrew Koji Joins Brad Pitt in Sony's 'Bullet Train'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 10, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 22, 2020). "Aaron Taylor-Johnson Joins Brad Pitt In Sony's Action Pic 'Bullet Train'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 2, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 28, 2020). "Brian Tyree Henry Joins Brad Pitt In Sony Action Pic 'Bullet Train'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 2, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 13, 2020). "Zazie Beetz Joins Brad Pitt In Sony's Action Pic 'Bullet Train'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 13, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 16, 2020). "Masi Oka Joins Brad Pitt in Sony's Action Pic 'Bullet Train'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 18, 2020). "Michael Shannon Joins Brad Pitt in Sony's 'Bullet Train'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 18, 2020. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 20, 2020). "Logan Lerman Joins Brad Pitt In Sony's Action Pic 'Bullet Train'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 8, 2021. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 30, 2020). "Hiroyuki Sanada Joins Brad Pitt In Sony's 'Bullet Train'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 30, 2020. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  14. ^ David Leitch on Instagram. December 4, 2020. Archived from the original on December 26, 2021. Retrieved December 4, 2020 – via Instagram.
  15. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 16, 2020). "Bad Bunny Joins Brad Pitt In Sony Action Pic 'Bullet Train'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 8, 2021. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  16. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 9, 2021). "Sandra Bullock Joins Brad Pitt In Sony's Action Movie 'Bullet Train'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 10, 2021. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  17. ^ Douglas, Edward (October 30, 2020). "End of Week Production Notes 10/30/20: Marvel's Shang-Chi Wraps, Patrick Wilson Directs and More". Below the Line. Archived from the original on October 31, 2020. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  18. ^ "Bullet Train". Production List | Film & Television Industry Alliance. Archived from the original on November 18, 2020. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  19. ^ Couch, Aaron (April 1, 2021). "'Nobody' Producers David Leitch and Kelly McCormick on Bob Odenkirk's Action Chops and Making a Brad Pitt Movie During COVID". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 18, 2021. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  20. ^ Sharf, Zack (March 29, 2021). "Brad Pitt Won Oscar for Playing a Stuntman, Then Performed 95 Percent of His "Bullet Train" Stunts". IndieWire. Archived from the original on March 31, 2021. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  21. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 14, 2021). "Sony Moves Bullet Train & Where The Crawdads Sing To Summer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 15, 2021.