PHONE BOOTH SYPNOSIS


Red-hot superstar Colin Farrell ("Daredevil," "The Recruit") toplines the thriller PHONE BOOTH, from director Joel Schumacher. A phone call can change your life, but for one man it can also end it. Set entirely within and around the confines of a New York City phone booth, PHONE BOOTH follows Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell), a low-rent media consultant who is trapped after being told by a caller - a serial killer with a sniper rifle - that he\'ll be shot dead if he hangs up.


What do you do when you hear a ringing public phone? You know it\'s a wrong number, but instinct forces you to pick it up. A ringing phone demands to be answered, but when Stu Shepard takes the call, he finds himself hurtled into a tortuous game. Hang up, says the caller (Kiefer Sutherland), and Stu\'s a dead man.


A sudden and shocking act of violence near the booth draws the attention of the police, who arrive backed with a small army of sharpshooters. They believe that Stu, not the unseen caller of whom they remain unaware, is the dangerous man with a gun.


The senior officer on the scene, Captain Ramey (Forest Whitaker), tries to talk Stu out of the booth. But unbeknownst to Ramey, his team, the media circus that has flocked to the site - and Stu\'s wife, Kelly, and his client /prospective girlfriend, Pamela - the caller has them all in his high-powered rifle sights.


As afternoon turns into evening, Stu, the embodiment of an unethical, self-serving existence, must now undertake a sudden and unexpected moral evolution. He is emotionally stripped naked by the caller. Stu\'s lies, half-truths, and obfuscation no longer matter. Instead, he must dig deep into his soul, find his strength and attempt to outwit the caller, taking the game to an even more dangerous level.


Fox 2000 Pictures presents a Zucker/Netter production, a Joel Schumacher film, starring Colin Farrell in PHONE BOOTH, also starring Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell and Kiefer Sutherland. The film is directed by Joel Schumacher, written by Larry Cohen, and produced by Gil Netter and David Zucker. The executive producer is Ted Kurdyla. The director of photography is Matthew Libatique, ASC, the production designer is Andrew Laws, the film editor is Mark Stevens, and the costume designer is Daniel Orlandi. Music is composed by Harry Gregson-Williams.


"I\'ve been trying to figure out how to do a movie inside a phone booth for twenty years," says Larry Cohen, an accomplished director of contemporary independent films as well as a successful screenwriter. "It\'s a unique place to be trapped - right in the middle of the city, surrounded by thousands of people. I imagined a scenario in which you couldn\'t get out of the phone booth, that it would become like a glass coffin. You\'re in plain view of everybody else and no one knows that you\'re being terrorized inside this phone booth. The ultimate trap."


In between film directing and screenwriting projects, Cohen continued to revisit the idea before finally cracking it just over three years ago. "It just came to me one day," Cohen remembers. "I thought to put a sniper up in a window, put the guy in the booth, bring his wife and girlfriend to the scene, have a murder, add the police. All these ideas just cascaded, and I ended up writing the screenplay in less than a week."




After Fox 2000 Pictures acquired the rights to Cohen\'s screenplay, several of the industry\'s top filmmakers vied for the opportunity to tackle its novel concept. Fox initially approached director Joel Schumacher, but a previous commitment precluded the "Tigerland" helmer\'s involvement at that time. However, when Schumacher finally did become available, he and the studio eagerly joined forces. "PHONE BOOTH had a fresh and unique story," he notes. "I was particularly interested in its exploration of a fundamental fear - that someone is watching you - and the loss of privacy in today\'s world. The most frightening part of the story is that it could happen to anyone. It\'s a strong tale of urban paranoia."


"Joel is the perfect director for this film," says Cohen. "He has a great camera eye - a great eye for design. And he is an actor\'s director, which is critical because the role of Stu