Matthew Vaughn's 2004 gangster movie Layer Cake is well worth a watch by anyone who hasn't seen it yet, but it's notable for a few reasons other than its colorful characters and fast-paced plot. Layer Cake was Vaughn's debut feature before going on to direct the likes of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class. Its star, Daniel Craig, went on to become the new James Bond (in large part because of his performance in Layer Cake). Even supporting player Tom Hardy would go on to play Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and Max Rockatansky in the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road.
In short, Layer Cake is one of those cult favorites that is also enjoyable as a "before they were famous" film. But there is one final factor that makes it stand out from the crowd: it's one of the apparently few modern British gangster movies that did not star Jason Statham in some capacity. Luckily for Statham fans, that situation is going to be rectified in the upcoming sequel, Viva La Madness.
Layer Cake was based on the debut novel by author J.J. Connolly and the sequel was published only last year, so it's actually taken only a relatively short time for an adaptation to be put into development. Statham bought the film rights to Viva La Madness with his producing partner Steve Chasman, and Deadline reports that the Expendables star intends to take over the role of Layer Cake's unnamed protagonist.
Viva La Madness follows the continued attempts of "XXXX" to find somewhere nice to retire from the life of crime and live out the rest of his days in the comfort of his ill-gotten wealth. As Layer Cake proved, however, this is easier said than done and he is quickly drawn into an international conflict involving Venezuelan drug cartels and the lowlifes of London.
Statham is currently hard at work on the set of Fast & Furious 7 and is reportedly in talks for a role in odd couple spy comedy Susan Cooper, but beyond that his official schedule is relatively clear. This means that we could potentially see Viva La Madness on the big screen sooner rather than later, but there's no telling how long Statham will want or need to keep it cooking for.
Since there's no director currently attached, tell us in the comments who you think would be best suited at the helm of this sequel to Vaughn's cult hit.
Viva La Madness is still in early development, but we'll keep you updated on any further news.