It looks like badass action star Jason Statham is going to star in a new action thriller called Parker. He is currently in negotiations to join the film project, which is set to be directed by Taylor Hackford. Hackford has made a few films you may have heard of such as Against All Odds, Blood In Blood Out, Dolores Claiborne, The Devil's Advocate, Ray, and most recently he directed Love Ranch. There's some really good films hear, so it should be cool to see him direct Statham in this new film. The director had this to say in a statement,
I don't want to get stuck in a genre. What I like the most about this piece of material is that you can take a genre piece like this and turn it into a great movie.
The script for the film was written by John J. McLaughlin, who most recently co-wrote my favorite movie of 2010, Black Swan. The movie is based on the book series by Donald Westlake, and revolves around a thief who, though at times is forced to be a killer, still lives by a code of honor that includes never stealing money from people who need it. His word is his bond, and if he is crossed he will strike back relentlessly.
This is a role that Statham is used to playing, in fact this may be what he is like in real life. One thing we know for sure is that Statham is entertering familiar movie territory, and he'll be kicking a lot of ass. What do you think about Hackford and Statham teaming up for this movie?
Here's the full description of the book:
You probably haven’t ever noticed them. But they’ve noticed you. They notice everything. That’s their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers’ work habits, the positions of the security guards. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack.
They’re thieves. Heisters, to be precise. They’re pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. If you’re planning a job, you want him in. Tough, smart, hardworking, and relentlessly focused on his trade, he is the heister’s heister, the robber’s robber, the heavy’s heavy. You don’t want to cross him, and you don’t want to get in his way, because he’ll stop at nothing to get what he’s after.
Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark’s eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style—and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency—Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discover—and become addicted to.
In The Hunter, the first volume in the series, Parker roars into New York City, seeking revenge on the woman who betrayed him and on the man who took his money, stealing and scamming his way to redemption.