The project is Ambulance, an action-thriller based on a 2005 Danish film of the same name (aka Ambulancen in Danish). Directed and co-written by Laurits Munch-Petersen, the original film was an action-comedy following two brothers who commit a robbery in order to get money to pay for their ill mother’s medical treatment. The robbery goes wrong, forcing the brothers to abandon their getaway car and steal an ambulance, which they discover has a hospital intern and a dying patient in the back. They’re faced with a choice: save the patient or their mother.
The screenplay for Bay’s movie is coming from Chris Fedak, marking his first feature screenplay following television shows such as Deception and Prodigal Son. There’s no word on how closely the new Ambulance will follow the original’s plot.
Deadline, the outlet that broke the news, reports that “the film is the vein of the great action thrillers of the ’90s like Speed and Bay’s Bad Boys.” Yeah, sign me up.
Bay is currently meeting with actors to fill other roles and wants to get cracking on Ambulance as soon as possible, eyeing a January production start. As the pandemic rages on, the shoot will certainly be facing a number of obstacles and limitations in order to keep with health protocols, although Bay has already shown he’s got what it takes to get a film made during these times. As producer, Bay was pivotal in getting pandemic thriller Songbird made – the first film shot in Los Angeles during COVID.
Gyllenhaal looks to be liking the idea of remaking Danish films. He’s also currently shooting The Guilty, an Antoine Fuqua-directed (Training Day, The Equalizer) remake of a fantastic one-location thriller.
Here’s the trailer for the Danish film, Ambulancen. No subs, but you’ll get the idea: