Jason Statham may be done with The Transporter franchise, but that hasn’t stopped EuroCorp from attempting to keep the brand alive and well since his departure. First, we got Transporter: The Series: the moderately successful television show spinoff, where Chris Vance took over the Frank Martin role from Statham. This year, we are getting The Transporter Refueled (formerly titled The Transporter Legacy): a film reboot that, if all goes to plan, will kickoff a new movie trilogy.
Ed Skrein, who played Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones season three (before Michiel Huisman took over the role), is headlining Transporter Refueld as Frank Martin: the no-nonsene freelance driver/transporter who avoids trouble by sticking to his three rules for professional (criminal) conduct. That’s what he says, anyway. Truth be told, Frank seems to break his rules all the time, going by the previous Transporter movies and the TV series.
Based on the teaser for the film reboot (see above), Frank won’t be sticking to his rules here, either.
Here is the official synopsis for The Transporter Refueled:
Frank Martin is the most highly-skilled transporter money can buy. The stakes are greater and technology better, but the same three simple rules apply: never change the deal, no names and never open the package. When Frank is hired by cunning femme fatale Anna and her three stunning sidekicks, he quickly discovers he’s been played. Anna and her cohorts have kidnapped his father (Ray Stevenson) in order to coerce Frank into helping them take down a ruthless group of Russian human traffickers. Fueled by revenge, he will break all his rules and stop at nothing to rescue his father in this action-packed thrill ride across the French Riviera.
The Transporter Refueled footage shown in the teaser indicates the screenplay by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (Exodus: Gods and Kings) does little to re-imagine either the Frank Martin character, his world, or his daily activities. Basically, the film comes off as yet another Transporter movie – one that feels generic rather than innovative at this point in the game – where Statham has been replaced with an inferior substitute (and the producers hope no one notices).
Transporter 3 editor Camille Delamarre called the shots on Transporter Refueled and it shows… just, not in a good way. The teaser’s action is constructed in the same frantic approach that Delamarre used for his directorial debut last year: the Brick Mansions remake. That movie is generally regarded as being a hot mess (even by EuroCorp’s B-movie standards), so there’s fair reason to be skeptical that Delamarre’s Transporter reboot will turnout that much better, by comparison.
The Transporter Refueled opens in U.S. theaters on June 19th, 2015.
Source: Relativity Media/EuroCorp