The Liability – described as “Get Carter as directed by Tarantino” – is a thrilling and darkly comic 24-hour road trip for Adam, a young man who dreams of being a hitman, and Roy, a hitman who hates wannabes and dreams of retiring. When they come across a beautiful but deadly female vigilante, a simple job becomes very complicated and Roy and Adam are forced to cooperate to survive.
The film will be directed by Craig Viveiros, whose debut feature drama Ghosted, starring John Lynch, Martin Compston, Craig Parkinson and Art Malik, premiered at 2011’s Edinburgh Film Festival. The Liability was written by John Wrathall, whose first feature Good, starring Viggo Mortensen and Jason Isaacs was released in 2009 by Lionsgate.
The project will be produced by Richard Johns and Rupert Jermyn of Corona Pictures. International sales are being handled by Victor Bateman at AV Pictures.
Principal photography starts in Northumberland, north east England on 21 November.
The Liability becomes the latest project to benefit from the groundbreaking public-VC Finance for Business – North East Creative Content Fund.
Set to successfully invest the full £2.4m into the North East’s creative industries by the end of 2011, the Creative Content Fund has already surpassed its target of bringing £2.4m of private sector investment into the region. Films recently backed include Song for Marion (Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Ecclestone), The Man Inside (Peter Mullan, David Harewood, Michelle Ryan) and Interview With A Hitman (Luke Goss).
Richard Johns, Producer, Corona Pictures said: “We’re thrilled to be making The Liability in the north east. Having cut my teeth in the region some years ago as a young producer I know the highly cinematic qualities of the landscapes, both natural and man-made, as well as the skills and energy of North East crew. We’re looking forward to making a movie in the region that will travel the world.”
“The Liability adds another high profile, commercial title to our slate of film investments with Northstar Ventures", said Agnes Wilkie, Creative Director, Northern Film & Media.
"Featuring a strong script, top talent and the stunning locations of North East England, the film will be a real asset to both the Fund and region as a whole.”
“Our investment in Corona Pictures shows our confidence in the company’s potential, the talent and experience behind the making of The Liability makes it an exciting investment opportunity”, said Michelle Cooper, Investment Manager, Northstar Ventures.
The Finance for Business North East Creative Content Fund is supported by the ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-13. The ERDF programme is bringing over £300 million into the North East to boost the region’s innovation, enterprise and business support services.