Jason Statham May Sign Up For ‘Echelon’

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Jason Statham may star in Echelon Jason Statham May Sign Up For Echelon

It’s a bit misleading to say Jason Statham could “return to action” with the secret agent thriller Echelon, since the muscle-bound, former Olympic diver with a monotone manner has never really deviated from working in the action genre, truth be told.

Statham is nevertheless interested in starring in the adaptation of Andy McNab’s “Firewall”, a project that Eric Bana was eying last year as a possible new franchise to become associated with, but has seemingly passed on doing since.

Former Special Air Service agent Andy McNab wrote “Firewall” back in 2000, and it’s the third entry in a literary franchise that revolves around (appropriately enough) an ex-SAS man-turned British Secret Intelligence Service operative, Nick Stone. Statham would naturally star as Stone, a ruthless and highly efficient agent who accepts a freelance job to kidnap a Russian mafia warlord – and ends up getting involved in a cyber-espionage plot to get ahold of the coveted Echelon computer program.

Deadline says that Echelon is the first of twenty movies that will be developed, produced, and distributed as the result of a $250 million deal struck between Hyde Park and Imagenation Abu Dhabi. The film will also mark the directorial debut of longtime stunt coordinator Simon Crane, whose handiwork was most recently on display in the Angelina Jolie thrillers Salt and The Tourist – and when it comes to Jason Statham vehicles, cool fighting/action sequences are pretty much all you expect anyway, right?

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McNab has written thirteen novels that involve the Stone character, so there’s plenty of material for future installments should Echelon prove to be a profitable undertaking. Statham could practically sleepwalk through the role of a cunning professional who excels at kickin’ butt and taking names (or, rather, foiling international criminal plots), since he’s done it so often. Stone sounds more like a Jack Ryan figure than the deadly soldiers and killers that Statham has played most recently in The Expendables and The Mechanic, so he’d be flexing his range as an actor a tad bit with the part.

How exactly a franchise revolving around Nick Stone would differ from the Jason Bourne movies or the latest James Bond pics is less apparent. Let’s just hope Crane and his director of photography at least lay off the use of shaky cam, shall we?

Look to hear more about the development of Echelon in the future.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Im getting tired of this guys the same movie same premise different titles!

    Go do some different genre or something. Look at Will Smith!

    • will Smith is a better actor thats why he can, Jason Statham isn’t

    • He’s got to cash in when he can – guy is in his (late?) 40s. 8)


      • His shtick was novelty at first, I bet this one will be the first real sign of his screen demise.

        With all the re-toolings going on, people are getting turned off, especially with THIS sort of remake. I cant see it attracting anyone but the older teenagers and some early 20′s males, the ones who havent really seen much yet to know this has been done a thousand times already.

        • @ Netshark

          I sympathize with your dislike for all the remakes, but, well, this is actually an adaptation.

          Though Vic has a point too – Statham knows his “man of action” schtick is what sells tickets, after all. :-P

      • I agree 100%. He admits this is what he does best.

  2. Jason Statham > Will Smith.

  3. No interest~!

  4. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it… Besides, he has done non-action roles, but like Vin Diesal or Dwayne Johnson, action is what people want from him so that’s what he does

  5. i like statham as an action star, but i agree with some of the others, it would be cool if he tried something different, took a break from action for a little while. imo this will ruin him in the end b/c all he does is action and people will get sick of him seeing as how he reprises the same role and does the same stuff in almost every movie he’s been in.

  6. Am I wrong or did Statham do no action whatsoever in either of his Guy Ritchie movies?

    • Did anyone see Chaos or Celluar?

      • watching chaos tonight, is it any good ?

  7. Yep. In, Snatch, a movie about bareknuckle boxing he played a manager!

    If you’re sick of Statham, then don’t watch him. If you don’t like him, then be glad he’s sticking to his niche and not in a Batman film (Although he’d make an AWESOME Azrael).

  8. Statham could pull off anything he wanted. The guys got talent, he’s just typecast at this point.

    • I agree 790, I never tire of seeing his films, he’s just too cool.

  9. Jasan Statham in an Andy McNab adaptation, I think the world became just a little bit more awesome.

  10. Has anyone read the books of Jack Higgins? They’re all Jason Statham movie scripts and very awesome!

  11. Ab fab, been reading andy mcnab books for years loved Jason from first film lock stock new he would be huge, can’t wait for film, Jason is one of a kind, his voice Alone is priceless