Jason Statham Aims To Become ‘Parker’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:49 pm,

Jason Statham Parker adaptation Jason Statham Aims To Become Parker

Jason Statham clearly has no plans of abandoning the action/thriller genre any time soon. He’s all but guaranteed to return in next year’s The Expendables 2, looks to be the new lead in the globe-trotting thriller Echelon, and is now circling a role in an adaptation of Donald Westlake’s popular crime series, Parker.

Oscar-winner Taylor Hackford (Ray, The Devil’s Advocate) is already attached to direct and produce the film, based on a script penned by Black Swan co-screenwriter John J. McLaughlin.

The character Parker was created by the late Westlake, who – under the pseudonym Richard Stark – wrote a total of 24 novels that featured the criminal figure as their protagonist. Parker makes his living as a thief who is more than willing to commit murder if need be, but adheres to a strict code of honor that involves never stealing from or harming the innocent and needy (think a variation on Statham’s Frank Martin from the Transporter movies).

Variety says Parker is based on Westlake’s literature, but does not clarify whether it is an adaptation of any specific novel. The titular character has been featured on the big screen before, most famously in the 1967 film Point Blank, and later in the 1999 Mel Gibson vehicle Payback – both of which were based on the same novel by Westlake, “The Hunter”.

Mel Gibson Payback movie Jason Statham Aims To Become Parker

Gibson as Porter (the Parker character) in 'Payback'.

Statham makes so many action flicks that it’s understandable if they blur together when you try and recall them all. He pretty much always sticks to playing the efficient and deadly type – be it in a more realistic caper flick like The Bank Job, a grittier crime thriller like The Mechanic, or in unabashedly ludicrous action fare like The Transporter or the Crank movie series.

There’s no denying that Statham has that act down pat and can make even the least memorable shoot-em-ups or action thrillers worth a look. Hackford is a generally solid filmmaker who has demonstrated a fair amount of versatility before, having worked in numerous different genres over the course of some four decades now. So although he’s never helmed an action pic quite like Parker, Hackford could deliver a Statham vehicle that’s actually pretty entertaining (and hopefully a little less forgettable).

We’ll keep you posted on the status of Parker as more information is released.

Source: Variety

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  1. It would be good to include Wesley Snipes in The Expendables 2 to fight Jason Statham and they can finally give us the fight that they unfairly denied us in Chaos (2005).

  2. I enjoyed Payback, it will be cool to see the character again

  3. Love Jason Stathem. Wonder what he would be like in an action comedy.

  4. Not safecracking chauffeur Parker from Thunderbirds then?

  5. I like Jason Statham, but I can’t see him as Parker. I read a few of the Parker novels and I see someone like Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Jason Statham almost always plays the same guy and he never drops his accent.

  6. I LIKE VERY MUCH STATHAM AND I HOPE TO HAS A SUCCES WITH PARKER. I LOVE TO SEE HIM IN A COMEDY OR IN LOVE FILM. MAY I SEE ABOUT HIM A MAN WITH A THOUSANDS FACES , FOR EXEMPLE: LONDON AND REVOLVER. HE IS AGREAT ACTOR AND I LIKE HIS ATITUDE. LOVE YOU!

  7. I love Jason Statham , He is the ” BEST ” Action Actor Ever .

  8. transporter 3 starring jason statham and tina tyson i love that theme

  9. The new movie is an adaptation of the novel “Flashfire,” the 19th of the Parker series.

  10. “Parker makes his living as a thief who is more than willing to commit murder if need be, but adheres to a strict code of honor that involves never stealing from or harming the innocent and needy…”

    I keep seeing this line, or some variation thereof, in all the press on this movie, and it worries me.

    That’s not Parker. That’s not even close. The first time we meet him, in The Hunter, after he tells that fresh-faced guy in the Chevy to go to hell, he raids a random civilian’s bank account. In that same book, he binds an innocent woman, and she has an asthmatic attack and dies. He kills a prison guard, rather than wait the two extra months for his release.

    Parker has a code, sure, and it’s pretty simple — you double-cross him, you die. There’s no other moral code there. He kills when necessary, because unnecessary killing is inconvenient and unprofessional. He steals from whomever has enough money worth taking.

    If this movie gives him a moral code, then it won’t be a movie worth seeing.

    • I agree. Parker steals from whomever he can get the most from. That said, the director looks decent. For those of you that enjoyed Mel Gibson’s version in Payback…the director’s cut is much better. The third act of the DC is completely different and the character is more true to the Parker (Porter in the movie) character.

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