Premium Rush is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by David Koepp and written by Koepp and John Kamps. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez and Jamie Chung. It follows a bicycle messenger chased around New York City by a corrupt police officer who wants an envelope the messenger has. Premium Rush was released on August 24, 2012 by Columbia Pictures.
Premium Rush In its opening weekend, Premium Rush opened at #8, grossing $6 million. The film grossed $20.3 million in North America while grossing $10.8 million in foreign markets, totaling a worldwide income of $31.1 million, against a production budget of $35 million.
In 2011, a lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of California by author Joe Quirk, claiming Premium Rush was based on his 1998 novel The Ultimate Rush. The suit claimed many plot, character name, and scene similarities to Quirk’s original novel. In July 2012, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg declined to dismiss Quirk’s claim that Sony Pictures, parent company of Columbia Pictures, had breached an implied contract.