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Jason Statham plays a thief, again, in upcoming Parker

04.18.2011
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Jason Statham seems to play two types of characters: thieves and badasses-for-hire. He just wrapped a role as badass-for-hire so for his next film, he's signed on to star as a thief in the thriller PARKER.

The film is based on the popular book series by Donald Westlake and will follow a thief who lives by a code of honor and sometimes kills people but only when they really deserve it and I'm pretty sure they used the phrase "word is bond" in the description. So does he also exist in an episode of "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?"

Joking aside, the 24-something books by Westlake actually make for pretty decent movie material. In fact, Statham would follow Lee Marvin, Mel Gibson, Robert Duvall and Jim Brown as actors who've played the character on the big screen (for some reason though, this will be the first time a Westlake book adapted for the screen will keep the name "Parker").

Taylor Hackford (RAY) will direct the film, making this his first real action film. The film will be shopping itself to distributors at Cannes and presumably would begin filming shortly thereafter.

Source: Variety

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10:40PM on 04/18/2011

This will continue to..

satisfy my Jason Statham man-crush. Actually just caught London again the other night. This dude never takes a break either. He filmed Safe in Philly last fall while filming The Killer Elite. Expendables 2 is on the horizon and now this and possibly Potsdamer Platz too with Tony Scott. Wondering if 13 will ever get a release or at least wind up on Red Box...game on!
satisfy my Jason Statham man-crush. Actually just caught London again the other night. This dude never takes a break either. He filmed Safe in Philly last fall while filming The Killer Elite. Expendables 2 is on the horizon and now this and possibly Potsdamer Platz too with Tony Scott. Wondering if 13 will ever get a release or at least wind up on Red Box...game on!
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3:33PM on 04/18/2011

Another movie based on the Parker novels?

Fuck. Yes. (not sure if Statham's fit for the role, though)
Fuck. Yes. (not sure if Statham's fit for the role, though)
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2:50PM on 04/18/2011
Statham is awesome, and his movies are at the very least, usually fun as hell, but I don't think hackford has made a truly good film to date, so I am optmisticly cautious.
Statham is awesome, and his movies are at the very least, usually fun as hell, but I don't think hackford has made a truly good film to date, so I am optmisticly cautious.
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11:50AM on 04/18/2011
If Statham broke into my home and stole things, I would hope to be there and cheer for him.
If Statham broke into my home and stole things, I would hope to be there and cheer for him.
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11:21AM on 04/18/2011
Sonuds great.....would've been funny if he was playing Parker lady penelope's driver from thunderbirds
Sonuds great.....would've been funny if he was playing Parker lady penelope's driver from thunderbirds
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9:52AM on 04/18/2011
Isn't "Against All Odds", also by Taylor Hackford, considered action film? I think it is somewhere along the line of action thriller.
Isn't "Against All Odds", also by Taylor Hackford, considered action film? I think it is somewhere along the line of action thriller.
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9:33AM on 04/18/2011

I'm on board

I hope it's at least TRANSPORTER good, an nothing like TRANSPORTER 2 or - God forbid - 3.
I hope it's at least TRANSPORTER good, an nothing like TRANSPORTER 2 or - God forbid - 3.
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9:32AM on 04/18/2011

this better be great

there's no reason this shouldn't be a great film. don't fuck this up!!
there's no reason this shouldn't be a great film. don't fuck this up!!
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