Jason Statham Eyes J.J. Connolly’s ‘Layer Cake’ Follow-Up ‘Viva La Madness’

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 12:11pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Statham and his manager and producing partner Steve Chasman have acquired rights to the J.J. Connolly novel Viva La Madness. That is Connolly’s follow-up novel to Layer Cake. Just as he did with the the Matthew Vaughn-directed film that starred Daniel Craig, Connolly again is turning his novel into a script. Connolly never names his chief protagonist anti-hero, but Statham will play the same nameless character we last saw trying to survive a gunshot wound in Layer Cake. It took Connolly more than a decade to follow that tale. Here, his protagonist is looking for a beach to land on in retirement, but instead he gets involved with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, high-tech electronic fraud, London lowlifes and Venezuelan drug cartels.

Statham and Chasman will test the idea that a protagonist can play the same character in different movies, the way that everyone from from Mel Gibson to Lee Marvin, Jim Brown, Robert Duvall and even Statham played the Parker character from the Donald E. Westlake novels. Anything that gets Statham back in British crime caper mode like his showcase roles in the Guy Ritchie movies Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch sounds good to me. Connolly just scripted the heist feature H for Ritchie and partner Lionel Wigram. Read More »

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Jason Statham Eyes Spy Role With Melissa McCarthy In Fox Comedy ‘Susan Cooper’

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 3:45pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Statham has been working up a storm in serious films, but he’s taking time to go back to the comic roots that launched his career with Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. I’m told that … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Sly Stallone-Penned ‘Homefront’ Red Band

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 4:25pm PDT

Open Road’s Homefront stars James Franco and Jason Statham from a script by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sylvester Stallone. The Gary Fleder-directed action thriller follows a widowed ex-fed who moves his daughter to a small town to start rebuilding. Nice idea, anyway. It opens just in time for … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Sly Stallone-Penned ‘Homefront’

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 12:23pm PDT

Homefront stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank Grillo. Gary Fleder directed Sylvester Stallone’s adaptation based on the book by Chuck Logan. Statham plays a widowed ex-DEA agent who retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter. The only … Read More »

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Open Road Shifts ‘Machete Kills’ To October 4; ‘Homefront’ To November 27

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 10:18am PDT
Mike Fleming

Open Road has shifted two of its upcoming releases: the Robert Rodriguez-directed Danny Trejo-starrer Machete Kills is moving to October 4 from its earlier September 13 perch, and the Jason Statham and James Franco-starrer Homefront moves to November 27 from … Read More »

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Open Road Buys U.S. Rights To ‘Homefront’; Jason Statham, James Franco Star

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Open Road Films and Endgame Releasing have acquired U.S. rights to Homefront, the Millennium Films-produced action thriller that Gary Fleder directed with Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank Grillo. The script was written by Sylvester Stallone based on Chuck Logan’s book. Open Road will release the film wide October 4 in a deal sealed by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg, Endgame CEO James Stern, and Millennium Films chairman Avi Lerner.

The action film focuses on a widowed ex-DEA agent who retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter. He didn’t choose the town well. Stallone is producing with Kevin King Templeton and John Thompson. Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, and Mark Gill are exec producing. Stallone co-wrote the first two installments of The Expendables for Millennium. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Jason Statham In ‘Hummingbird’

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 9:58pm PDT

Here’s a trailer from Yahoo UK for Hummingbird which Lionsgate is distributing in the U.S. and UK. Written and directed by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises), it features Jason Statham as a haunted former soldier who assumes the identity of an upper class Londoner. When … Read More »

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AFM: Simon West To Helm Remake Of Burt Reynolds Pic ‘Heat’ With Jason Statham

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 11:09am PDT

Simon West has signed on to direct the remake of the 1987 Burt Reynolds movie Heat. The Expendables 2 director replaces Brian De Palma on the remake of the action film. Jason Statham, whom … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Parker’

By | Thursday October 4, 2012 @ 11:33am PDT

Here’s the official trailer for Jason Statham’s newest action pic Parker also starring Jennifer Lopez and Michael Chiklis. Statham plays Parker, a vengeful but honorable thief who never steals from those who need it. The film is directed by Taylor Hackford, John J. McLaughlin penned the screenplay. … Read More »

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Lionsgate Acquires Steven Knight-Directed ‘Hummingbird’ With Jason Statham

By | Friday March 9, 2012 @ 7:48am PST
Mike Fleming

Lionsgate acquired U.S. and U.K. distribution rights to IM Global’s Hummingbird, the directorial debut of Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight. Jason Statham starts work Monday in the lead role. Paul Webster produces. Statham plays a former soldier haunted by a … Read More »

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Jason Statham To Star In Brian De Palma-Directed Re-Heated Burt Reynolds Film ‘Heat:’ Berlin

By | Wednesday February 8, 2012 @ 8:26am PST
Mike Fleming

Jason Statham will star in Heat, a remake of the 1987 Burt Reynolds film that Brian De Palma will direct from a script by the great scribe William Goldman. Goldman who wrote the original script from his novel. Statham plays … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Safe’

By | Friday November 11, 2011 @ 12:33am PST

Jason Statham plays yet another bad-ass good-guy in Safe. This time he’s protecting Mei (Catherine Chan), a 12-year-old numerical prodigy who has in her head a code the Triads, Russian Mafia and corrupt cops are determined to get. Boaz Yakin wrote and directed the Lionsgate release that opens March 2, … Read More »

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AFM: IM Global Launches Jason Statham-Starrer ‘Hummingbird’

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 11:12am PDT
Mike Fleming

IM Global will fully fund Hummingbird, an action drama that will mark the directing debut of Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight. Jason Statham will play a damaged ex-Special Forces soldier trapped in London’s criminal underworld, but he becomes an avenging … Read More »

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Nick Nolte Joins ‘Gangster Squad’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Nick Nolte continues his recent career resurgence. He’s been set to join the cast of the Ruben Fleischer-directed Warner Bros drama Gangster Squad. Nolte will play Bill Parker, the new chief of police in Los Angeles, and the first … Read More »

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Toronto Taps David Hare’s ‘Page Eight’ As Closer, Bulks Up Slate With Gala Starpower

Mike Fleming

The 2011 Toronto Film Festival has selected David Hare’s spy drama Page Eight, starring Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, as its closing-night film and added a slew of Gala premieres and Special Presentations that boost the star wattage with the likes of Robert De Niro, Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman, James Gandolfini and Gerard Butler. The additions to the previously announced film slate includes a Future Projects lineup that features James Franco and Gus Van Sant reminiscing about My Own Private Idaho, a documentary about Exit through the Gift Shop‘s Mr. Brainwash (Thierry Guetta), and Peter Lynch’s Buffalo Days; and a Wavelengths program of international experimental films. Here is the release about the additional Galas and Special Presentations:

Toronto – The Toronto International Film Festival® announces the addition of 8 Galas and 17 Special Presentations to the high-calibre selection of crowd-pleasers premiering in September. Today’s announcement includes 14 World Premieres and reveals that Festival-goers will be treated to a programming lineup featuring world premieres from directors including Nick Murphy, Gary McKendry, Joel Schumacher, Gianni Amelio, Agnieszka Holland, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Pankaj Kapur, Anne Fontaine, Mathieu Kassovitz and Geoffrey Fletcher. The films unveiled today feature onscreen appearances by Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Clive Owen, Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes, Imelda Staunton, Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve, Shahid Kapur, Isabelle Huppert, Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel and James Gandolfini, among others.

This announcement brings the final number of Galas to 20, and the final number of Special Presentations to 67.

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Page Eight
David Hare, United Kingdom International Premiere
Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving M15 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the stability of the organization. Meanwhile, a seemingly chance encounter with Johnny’s striking next-door neighbour and political activist Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) seems too good to be true. Set in London and Cambridge, Page Eight is a contemporary spy film which addresses intelligence issues and moral dilemmas peculiar to the new century. Also stars Ralph Fiennes and Judy Davis.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Killer Elite’

By | Thursday August 4, 2011 @ 1:12pm PDT

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Michael Chiklis Is The Bad Guy In ‘Parker’

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Chiklis has signed on to play Jason Statham’s nemesis in Parker, the Taylor Hackford-directed thriller based on the Donald E. Westlake novel series that will be distributed by FilmDistrict. Production on the film begins in August in New … Read More »

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FilmDistrict Near U.S. Distribution Deal For Ryan Gosling-Nic Refn ‘Only God Forgives’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a low-seven-figure minimum guarantee deal, FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. rights to Only God Forgives, a drama that will reteam Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn with Ryan Gosling. Several distributors were in the mix, but FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel had … Read More »

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Open Road Makes Netflix Deal

Mike Fleming

Well, now we know that Open Road is for real. The upstart distribution company run by Tom Ortenberg and funded by theater chains Regal and AMC have made a streaming deal with Netflix that will begin with its first film, Killler Elite, with Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro. Here’s the announcement:

Los Angeles, CA, June 28, 2011 – Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Open Road Films today announced a multi-year agreement to bring movies distributed theatrically by Open Road Films exclusively to Netflix for digital streaming in the “pay TV window,” after their release on DVD. The deal will allow Netflix members to instantly watch OpenRoad Films titles on various devices streaming from Netflix.

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