08 Feb 2021
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN LEADS THE JEEP® 2021 BIG GAME CAMPAIGN ‘THE MIDDLE’
- Jeep®, with Bruce Springsteen, launched a two-minute film ‘The Middle’ during the Big Game telecast
- ‘The Middle’ was filmed on location across the United States, including on the grounds of the U.S. Center Chapel in Lebanon, Kansas, which stands on the geographical center (the middle) of the United States of America’s lower 48 states
- ‘The Middle’ campaign marks the 10-year anniversary of the ‘Imported from Detroit’ Big Game campaign, recognising and celebrating American ingenuity as seen through the lens of the Detroit automaker
Bruce Springsteen and Jeep® have joined together to launch the two-minute film ‘The Middle.’ The film can now be viewed across the Jeep social media channels, and it made a one-time US television appearance during the Big Game. The campaign debuted nearly 10 years to the day from the launch of the ‘Imported from Detroit’ campaign.
Bruce Springsteen was intimately involved in creating ‘The Middle’ and worked closely with longtime director Thom Zimny. He wrote and produced the original score with frequent collaborator Ron Aniello.
Said Jon Landau: “Olivier Francois and I have been discussing ideas for the last 10 years and when he showed us the outline for ‘The Middle,’ our immediate reaction was, “Let’s do it”’ Our goal was to do something surprising, relevant, immediate and artful. I believe that’s just what Bruce has done with ‘The Middle’.”
"From 'Imported from Detroit' and 'Halftime in America' to 'Farmer,' and most recently 'Groundhog Day,' we have looked at making meaningful and emotional connections with millions of viewers, with cultural relevancy at the core of our communication," said Olivier Francois, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Stellantis. “'The Middle' is a celebration of the Jeep brand’s 80-year anniversary and, more timely, it is a call to all Americans to come together and seek common ground as we look collectively to the road ahead.”
Francois added , “Bruce Springsteen was instrumental in crafting this joint message. His experiences and perspective have often been called upon to bridge a divide. Now seems to be a time when a message like this is greatly needed.”
The Jeep brand campaign was created in partnership with Doner agency in Michigan.
Over the last decade, Jeep, Dodge and Ram have evoked aspirational messaging in their Big Game campaign efforts. While ‘Imported from Detroit’ spoke to the grit, ingenuity and determination of the American (Detroit) automotive workforce in 2011, the following year ‘Halftime in America’ sought to galvanise Americans going through challenging times, with Clint Eastwood stating, “This country can't be knocked out in one punch. We get back up again.” Then, in 2013, the Ram brand launched ‘Farmer’, acknowledging and honoring American farmers through the iconic words of legendary radio personality Paul Harvey
More information regarding production of ‘The Middle’ - FACT SHEET
Talent Narration and In-Film Appearance
- Bruce Springsteen
- 1980 Jeep CJ-5 (*hero vehicle)
- 1965 Willys Jeep CJ-5 (background)
- Film was shot over five days in late January 2021
- Lebanon, Kansas
- U.S Chapel (geographical center of the lower 48 U.S. states)
- Oronoque, Kansas
- Golden, Colorado
- Water rushing
- Denver, Colorado
- Davies Chuck Wagon Diner
- City scenes
- Hastings, Nebraska
*All Covid-19 health protocols were strictly enforced/followed during the course of production
Full script - 2021 Jeep: “The Middle”
VO: There’s a chapel in Kansas.
Standing on the exact center of the lower forty-eight.
It never closes.
All are more than welcome.
To come meet here, in the middle.
It’s no secret…
The middle has been a hard place to get to lately.
Between red and blue.
Between servant and citizen.
Between our freedom and our fear.
Now, fear has never been the best of who we are.
And as for freedom, it’s not the property of just the fortunate few; it belongs to us all.
Whoever you are,
wherever you’re from.
It’s what connects us.
And we need that connection. We need the middle.
We just have to remember the very soil we stand on is common ground.
So we can get there.
We can make it to the mountaintop, through the desert...
and we will cross this divide.
Our light has always found its way through the darkness.
And there’s hope on the road… up ahead.
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