If you’ve never heard of the BMW Films series, you need to get off the computer and go ask your parents to revoke your Internet privileges.
It was in 2001, well before the days of YouTube and online streaming, BMW teamed up with some top talent to produce a series of short films. There were eight in total, and they all starred Clive Owen serving as a hired driver behind the wheel of a BMW vehicle. The series would become the inspiration for the much more famous Transporter movies starring Jason Statham.
Each of the films was also helmed by a major director. We’re talking about John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar Wai, Guy Ritchie, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, John Woo, Joe Carnahan, and Tony Scott. Additionally, the films were produced by David Fincher and brothers Tony and Ridley Scott. Some notable guest appearances across the films included Madonna, Gary Oldman, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, and even James Brown.
Now, the BMW Films series is back. It’s not clear how many there will be this time around but Owen is there, and this time he’s behind the wheel of the recently revealed 2017 BMW 5-Series. The latest clip is titled The Escape, and it also stars Vera Farmiga, Dakota Fanning, and Jon Bernthal. Doing the directing is Neill Blomkamp, who you know from his work directing District 9.
Now it’s time to sit back enjoy the ride.