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APRIL 2, 2012
Ford Uses Fox ‘Alcatraz’ TV Show
To Duplicate 1968 ‘Bullitt’ Chase
 DEARBORN, Mich. – Scenes of police officers chasing down bad guys in fast cars have been a staple of film and television for decades. Some of the most iconic examples of the breed have involved the Ford Mustang including a 1968 pursuit through the hilly streets of San Francisco.
  For the recent two-hour season finale of the hit FOX TV series Alcatraz, executive producers J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Jennifer Johnson, Daniel Pyne and Jack Bender have reimagined that legendary sequence.
 In the series, San Francisco detective Rebecca Madsen (series star Sarah Jones) tracks down inmates who mysteriously disappeared from the maximum security prison when it closed nearly half a century ago and are now reappearing in contemporary San Francisco.
  Like the original car chase scene in 1968’s “Bullitt,” starrring Steve McQueen, the new chase features a Ford Mustang and a Dodge Charger.
 But this time, with her own mint ’68 Mustang unavailable, detective Madsen “borrows” a brand-new Deep Impact Blue 2013 Mustang GT to track down another of those reappearing convicts. The chase was filmed on many of the same streets and corners traveled by the 1968 characters.
  “It’s such an iconic chase and such an iconic moment in San Francisco history and cinematic history. It actually worked out in a magical way because this chase scene became central to the final pursuit in the final episode,” said executive producer Pyne. “It was so exciting to work with Ford and the city of San Francisco to re-create the modern-day interpretation of such a legendary moment.”
  Fans who want a new Mustang of their own can play the “Legends of Alcatraz” alternate reality game online at for a chance to win one. Visitors can use their mental skills to solve the puzzles for more chances to win.   Produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, the series stars Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Jonny Coyne, Parminder Nagra, Jason Butler Harner, Robert Forster and Sam Neill.
 “We were so excited to be involved with the new series ‘Alcatraz.’ From the start of the creative discussions with FOX, Warner Bros. Television and the ‘Alcatraz’ producers, it was a natural fit to integrate the Ford Mustang into the high-energy series,” said Crystal Worthem, Ford Brand Content and Alliances manager.   “The modern evolution of the new 2013 Mustang paired with the creative storyline of the evolution of the ‘Alcatraz’ story delivered an authentic and exciting experience for viewers.”
  The new 2013 Mustang delivers on style and substance, with a new exterior design, updated technology and new driver tools.
  New front and rear design features include a more prominent grille and splitter, standard high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, signature lighting, painted body-side rockers, dramatic LED taillamps, mirrors with pony projection light and a new wheel lineup.
 Performance updates include more power in the GT, now delivering 420 horsepower, the addition of SelectShift™ to automatic transmissions, new GT Track Package, Hill Start Assist on manual cars, optional leather-trimmed or cloth Recaro seats and functional hood heat extractors on GT.
  In addition, a new available 4.2-inch LCD screen features Track Apps, which enables the driver to monitor performance measures such as g-forces, shows acceleration times in quarter-mile and 0-60 increments, and displays braking times, complete with automatic and countdown starts. New Shaker audio systems provide a complete acoustic experience that simulates being at a live performance.
Ford Motor Co. used the hit FOX TV series “Alcatraz” to do a revisit of the famous Mustang chase scene from San Francisco in the 1968 Steve McQueen movie “Bullitt.” The chase for the new TV show sequence was actually filmed on many of the same streets and corners traveled by the 1968 characters.
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