Eric Bana Sets His Sights On Echelon

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:11 pm,

Every big name actor needs a franchise to fall back on. It’s part of Hollywood’s “one for me and one for you” mentality. If you star in a string of flops, you need a way of showing that you still have what it takes to put bums on seats. It would appear that one-time Hulk star, Eric Bana maybe maneuvering to land his own action franchise.

Bana is said to be circling the lead role in Echelon, a potential movie series based on books featuring the character Nick Stone written by a former member of the SAS, Andy McNab.

Hyde Park Entertainment bought the screen rights to the twelve novels a few months ago and writer/producer John Connor has been working on the script since then. The books are said to be similar to the Jason Bourne novels and the film (which is based on the book Firewall) will follow Stone as he attempts to foil a gang of terrorists who are trying to gain access to the world’s largest computer intelligence database.

No director is in place yet and Bana also has a few other potential roles that he could take – but he seems to be a good fit for the material. The Australian star was able to pull off playing the bad-ass as part of special forces units in Black Hawk Down and Munich, so it’s clear that he has the chops to realistically play this sort of role.

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Choosing Echelon would also help to cement Bana’s standing in Hollywood. While he is a well respected actor, he hasn’t really connected with audiences, and at times it appears that Hollywood doesn’t really know what to do with him – placing him in a variety of roles like Lucky You and The Time Traveller’s Wife which haven’t really propelled him onto the A-list. Even Bana’s tenure as The (Incredible) Hulk left Hollywood and audiences indifferent. That’s not to say that he hasn’t been in hits as he’s starred in Troy and Star Trek, but these films wouldn’t really be classified as Bana’s movies.

Echelon could be the movie that gives Bana the mass exposure and creative freedom to put a stamp on his career. With James Bond in limbo and the Bourne series at an apparent end now, it might be a time to introduce a new ass-kicking agent to the world – and Nick Stone might just be that man.

Keep reading Screen Rant for more news on Echelon as we get it.

Source: Pajiba

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  1. I hope he does the movies and they are good, he is a great actor. We need a new action agent dude now with MGM cant make a james bond film…

  2. Love Eric Bana…hope this comes to fruition!

  3. maybe marvel should get eric bana back as the hulk lol

    • i hope that was a joke, although that its not his fault, the story and directing was terrible… he, however, is not that bad of an actor… but bana as the hulk again? no, definitly not, not after nortons role. i dont know who could do it justice after edward norton…

      • i love edward norton as the hulk but if that rumor is true it should go back to bana, bana was good like you said it was a terrible film due to the director…heck the cast was good but ang lee sucks as a director

  4. Waste of talent to take a role like this. Do we need yet another spy/assassin type of action movie?

    As for the Hulk, he did ok but no one (including Norton) came even close to capturing the character as did Bill Bixby.

    And what is it about Bana that keeps him from being a mega-star lead? Why dont people connect with him? Is it just the roles, or does he not stand out enough?

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