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The Hitcher
Release Date: January 19, 2007
Studio: Rogue Pictures (Focus Features)
Director: Dave Meyers
Screenwriter:
Eric Red, Jake Wade Wall, Eric Bernt
Starring: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, terror and language)
Official Website: NeverPickUpStrangers.com

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hitcher014.jpg (227 K) From filmmaker Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes production company (producers of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "The Amityville Horror") comes "The Hitcher," an update of the 1986 film of the same name.

Dave Meyers makes his feature directorial debut on the new thriller, which tracks the terrifying trajectory of Grace Andrews (Sophia Bush) and Jim Halsey (Zachary Knighton), a collegiate couple who are tormented by the mysterious hitchhiker John Ryder, a.k.a. The Hitcher (Sean Bean).

The young couple hit the road in a 1970 Oldsmobile 442, en route to spring break. But their pleasure trip soon turns into a waking nightmare. The initial encounters with Ryder are increasingly off-putting for Grace and Jim, and they bravely fight back when he ambushes them. But they are truly blindsided when he implicates them in a horrific slaying and continues to shadow them.

The open road becomes a suspenseful, action-packed battleground of blood and metal as, in trying to elude not only Ryder but also New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Esteridge's (Neal McDonough) officers, Grace and Jim must fight for their lives and face their fears head-on.
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Rutger Hauer (who played the original hitcher) was originally planned to have a cameo in the beginning of the movie.

— At first the movie was planned to be released on April 13, 2007, but due to the early production it moved to February 9, 2007, and then to January 19, 2007.

— Despite being a remake of The Hitcher, the plot of this film bears much more resemblance to its direct to video sequel The Hitcher 2.

Wes Craven was lined up to direct but pulled out.

— During early development, Kirsten Dunst was set to play Grace.

— This is Zachary Knighton's first major lead role film.

hitcher047.jpg (133 K)Collegiate couple Grace Andrews (Sophia Bush) and Jim Halsey (Zachary Knighton) hit the road in a 1970 Oldsmobile 442, en route to spring break, but their pleasure trip soon turns into a waking nightmare after encountering the mysterious hitchhiker John Ryder, a.k.a. The Hitcher (Sean Bean). The initial encounters with Ryder are increasingly off-putting for Grace and Jim, and they bravely fight back when he ambushes them. But they are truly blindsided when he implicates them in a horrific slaying and continues to shadow them. The open road becomes a battleground of blood and metal as, in trying to elude not only Ryder but also New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Esteridge's (Neal McDonough) officers, Grace and Jim must fight for their lives and face their fears head-on.

1. Synopsis
From filmmaker Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company (producers of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror) comes The Hitcher, an update of the 1986 film of the same name.

2. About the Production
Actor Sean Bean, who stars as The Hitcher – homicidal hitchhiker John Ryder – in The Hitcher, admits, “I’ve never been a hitchhiker, and I’ve never picked any up – and I don’t think I ever will, now…”

3. Something new and not just do the original movie again
The Hitcher director Dave Meyers says, “If you’re going to update a picture, then you need to bring something new and not just do the original movie again.

4. The chemistry between the two young leads
The chemistry was evident from their read together.

5. A 1970 Oldsmobile 442
Another key character in the film is a 1970 Oldsmobile 442.

6. The heart of this movie is Grace and Jim’s relationship
“The biggest challenge, though, is that the heart of this movie is Grace and Jim’s relationship, which is something we really haven’t done before; in order for this movie to work, you have to believe in their relationship.”

7. That beautiful terrain
Director of photography James Hawkinson adds, “There’s wonderful skies and clouds there. Sophia has an incredible profile, so we did silhouette shots of her against the sky that were very strong.

8. Car stunts
“Kurt is the best stunt coordinator in the world,” states stunt man and stunt driver Corey Eubanks, whose career recently passed the quarter-century mark and who took a busman’s holiday from working on the Michael Bay-directed Transformers to be part of Bryant’s team.

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- Jan 10, 2007
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Zachary Knighton Talks About "The Hitcher"
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 NY - Jan 6, 2007
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Actress Sophia Bush discusses role in horror movie remake
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 - Jan 8, 2007
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