A globally scoped aviation action thriller

Logline 1: A team of globe-trotting pilots repossess airplanes from the likes of narco-traffickers, deadbeat businesses and third-world arms traffickers until they unwittingly recover a plane outfitted with a weapon of mass destruction.

Logline 2: An American and Chinese pilot join forces and embark on a globetrotting mission to repossess airplanes from the likes of narco-traffickers, terrorists and corporate deadbeats. In the process they come upon a plane modified to deliver a weapon of mass destruction.

The Planes of LICENSE TO STEAL: P-51 Mustang

About the Story

The high-flying and fast paced world of aircraft recovery and repossession, set against a broad global canvas, combined with contemporary global stakes, has never been exploited as a feature film.

LICENSE TO STEAL features a sympathetic and strong Chinese male lead. The suspense filled climax of the film features the newly developed COMAC C919 commercial jet (shown here), designed and built by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC). The film is also designed to be partially shot in China.

LICENSE TO STEAL is a story designed for a culturally diverse cast that include strong and transformative male and female lead characters. Recent action films, such as Furious 7, demonstrate the competitive advantages of diversity casting.

The planes of LICENSE TO STEAL: F-22 Raptor

We are looking for co-production partner with relationships in China

Target Market

  • Males between the ages of 18 and 44 with greater emphasis on males in the 18 to 30 age group.
  • Female movie-goers within this broad age group tend to consume action movies more than other age groups, although on average only 14 % as much as males.

Diversity casting strategy will enable License to Steal to reach a broader global audience:

  • Recognizable Chinese actor in order to gain greater access to theatrical and video markets in China.
  • Strong and active female protagonist to attract broader female audience
The planes of LICENSE TO STEAL: The Mig-15

Meet Marco Santiago, Writer, Producer

Marco Santiago, Writer-Producer

Marco is a two-time fellow of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Writers Lab in 2006 and again in 2007 for his feature film projects “86” and HOW TO COPE WITH SUBURBAN STRESS. He is also a two-time fellow of the NALIP Producers Academy in 2006 as a producing fellow, and then again in 2007 as a directing fellow. He is a two-time finalist for consideration to the Sundance Writers Lab in 2007 for his feature film, “86”, and then again in 2008 for his adaptation of the novel “How to Cope with Suburban Stress”, a suburban satire by David Gallef, which was featured in the Kirkus Reviews article in the August 2006 edition of the Hollywood Reporter.

Most recently Marco produced the theatrically released feature film, WATER & POWER, based on the award-wining stage play by Richard Montoya. WATER & POWER was developed at the 2007 Sundance Writers Lab and Sundance Directors Lab and Executive Produced by Academy nominated actor and Emmy Award Winning Producer and Director, Edward James Olmos.

Producer of Sundance Feature Film, WATER & POWER

In 2014 the film achieved limited theatrical distribution through AMC Independent and was digitally released in January 2015 on iTunes along with thirteen other films in the inaugural year of the prestigious Sundance Artist Program. WATER & POWER was digitally released on Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Netflix and Hulu. Mr. Santiago’s latest film as writer-director, XTRACTION, screened at the 2011 Phoenix Film Festival, 2011 GI Film Festival, 2011 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, 2011 Action On Film International Film Festival, 2011 Hollyshorts Film Festival, 2011 HBO Latino International Film Festival and the 2011 NewFilmmakers Los Angeles.

From 2010 to 2012, Marco held the position of Vice President of Creative Development at SunCast Entertainment, a motion picture development and production company based in Phoenix, Arizona with representation from William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Marco attended Arizona State University where he majored in Aerospace Engineering, History, and Applied Mathematics. He is a graduate of the UCLA’s Graduate Professional Producers Program and the Graduate Writers Program. He holds a B.A. in Business from Western International University and is a member of Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business Administration. He is currently attending the graduate writers program at UCLA and is a member of the directors program at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Marco has been featured in publications such as Indie Slate Magazine, Latino Perspective and MovieMaker Magazine and has recently received press in VARIETY for his role as co-producer of the Sundance Feature film, WATER & POWER, which stars Clancy Brown (SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, COWBOYS AND ALIENS).

The planse of LICENSE TO STEAL: The Chinese designed and built COMAC C919

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