Northern Irish director Nick Hamm’s Driven, a biopic of John DeLorean, will close the 75th Venice International Film Festival on September 8th.
California. 1977. Playground of the beautiful, rich and famous. Home to John DeLorean (Lee Pace): rogue GM executive turned maverick auto-innovator… and now, Jim Hoffman (Jason Sudeikis): blue-collar commercial pilot struggling to make ends meet while maintaining his side hustle – informing for the FBI. Under pressure from his FBI handler (Corey Stoll), Jim yearns for DeLorean’s perfect life from across the street.
But as the two become close friends, Jim soon discovers that the celebrity CEO’s new company isn’t all it appears, and just how far DeLorean will go to achieve his dream. Friendship and betrayal. Ambition and greed. Success and failure. Driven is a character driven shell-game and comedic wink to the world of power suits, disco and vice.
The film is written by fellow Irishman Colin Bateman, who wrote Hamm’s last film The Journey. Driven was financed by Romulus Entertainment. It is produced by Piers Tempest of Tempo Productions, Luillo Ruiz of The Pimienta Film Company and Brad Feinstein of Romulus Entertainment. Embankment Films handles International Sales and WME represents North America.
Venice is an inspiring festival with an incredible audience. I am both honoured and delighted to be invited back to share this crazy, untold story.
Nick Hamm, Director