Jackie Powers (Scott Caan) is a nice guy but a lousy hitman sent to take out a crafty debtor (J.K. Simmons) Jackie only pisses him off. Fleeing the scene Jackie takes bored waitress Lola as a hostage. Jackie needs money to get his son out of jail Lola cooks up a scheme for them to get cash from her dying mother (Virginia Madsen). Meanwhile, a thug sent to kill him is sleeping with Jackie’s ex. Also starring Frank Grillo, this crime comedy is a witty homage to Tarantino and the Coen brothers.
Scripted by Scott Caan and directed by John Swab, One Day As a Lion will be available in select theaters on April 4, 2023, and On Digital and On Demand on April 7, 2023.
Grindstone Entertainment Group now has the rights to the upcoming crime drama, One Day as a Lion, reports Deadline. The film is currently in production. The story of One Day as a Lion follows Jackie Powers, a father of a juvenile delinquent son, who struggles to escape his past life of crime as he turns to a job as a collector for local mobster Dom Lorenzo and his mob boss Pauly Russo.
After failing to collect from Walter Boggs, a local cowboy legend, he makes a run for it with waitress Lola Brisky as a hostage. Seeing no way out of the chaotic situation, he makes a deal with Lola and poses as her fiancé to impress her terminally ill mother in return for money to pay for his son’s defense lawyer.
The film features the acting talents of Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Frank Grillo (Captain America, The Purge), Michael Carmen Pitt (Boardwalk Empire), Marianne Rendón (Charlie Says), Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black), and Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways). One Day as a Lion was written by Scot Caan (Hawaii Five-O), with John Swab (Ida Red) serving as director. Jeremy M. Rosen (Ida Red, Charlie Says) is producing for Roxwell Films. Executive producers are Barry Brooker, Stan Wertlieb, Joshua Spector, Viviana Zarragoitia, and Ali Jazayeri.
Swab and Rosen have worked together on several other projects as well; One Day as a Lion will be their seventh creative collaboration. It also serves as the fourth creative project between the Rosen, Swab, and Grillo, with their most recent project being Ida Red, a crime thriller starring Grillo, Josh Hartnett, and Melissa Leo. The three also have two films expected to release in the later 2022.