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The Transporter 4, 5, and 6 will not feature Jason Statham

02.07.2014

It looks like the role that made Jason Statham a star in North America is going to be getting the reboot treatment. THE TRANSPORTER franchise began back in 2002 after Statham had appeared in Guy Ritchie's LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and SNATCH, giving the gravel-voiced brit an action franchise all his own. Writer/producer Luc Besson would go on to make three films in THE TRANSPORTER series which also became a small screen show a few years back (season 2 hits TNT this fall). But, Besson and EuropaCorp have plans for not just one but three new films in the series.

The catch is, THE TRANSPORTER 4 through 6 will not star Jason Statham. His character of Frank Martin will still be the focus of the films but the new movies will be prequels. Going back and showing how Martin got to his line of work, THE TRANSPORTER 4 will be produced with Shanghai-based Fundamental Films. Depending on how well the fourth film fares, the fifth and sixth films will be fully co-produced in China.

I enjoyed the first two movies in the series for what they were. The third film just felt redundant, so I am not very excited for three more, especially without Jason Statham. While Statham has gone on to bigger projects, THE TRANSPORTER remains his movie. It will suck seeing someone else try to replicate the part. While it is a fairly generic role, Statham did make it his own.

THE TRANSPORTER 4 has no release date but is currently being presented to buyers, so expect production sometime this year, at the earliest.

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8:26PM on 02/09/2014
Hmmmm? Seems they want to guarentee no one watches these movies, since statham won't be in them. Of course since their prequels they need a younger actor. I guess we'll see.


Hmmmm? Seems they want to guarentee no one watches these movies, since statham won't be in them. Of course since their prequels they need a younger actor. I guess we'll see.


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10:30PM on 02/08/2014
For every 10 Europacorp movies, there's one decent action move among the bunch. By decent I mean Taken or Lockout standards.
For every 10 Europacorp movies, there's one decent action move among the bunch. By decent I mean Taken or Lockout standards.
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10:12PM on 02/08/2014

@Cochise

Due to international licensing, Lionsgate did not see all of the overseas revenue for Expendables 2. It's fractured more-so than a lot of other franchise movies and the fact that it performed relatively weak in the US was a reason the third wasn't immediately greenlit (they waited til the rentals clocked in). That's why the third movie has an even lower budget and they restructured the finances for it a bit.
Due to international licensing, Lionsgate did not see all of the overseas revenue for Expendables 2. It's fractured more-so than a lot of other franchise movies and the fact that it performed relatively weak in the US was a reason the third wasn't immediately greenlit (they waited til the rentals clocked in). That's why the third movie has an even lower budget and they restructured the finances for it a bit.
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7:41PM on 02/08/2014

Sooooo, who?

Ok so if it a prequel, then we need a new actor who has an outlaw look, a tough guy, a strong chin and hair. I thinking,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,pause for effect,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Justing Fu#@ing Bieber
Ok so if it a prequel, then we need a new actor who has an outlaw look, a tough guy, a strong chin and hair. I thinking,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,pause for effect,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Justing Fu#@ing Bieber
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2:59PM on 02/08/2014
What's the point?
What's the point?
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12:55AM on 02/08/2014
Loved the original Transporter, but the second one was horribad. Never saw the third one but I heard it was even worse. If they want to create a new trilogy of action movies that star someone other than Jason Statham, they should just come up with a new premise rather then crap all over the Transporter IP even more.
Loved the original Transporter, but the second one was horribad. Never saw the third one but I heard it was even worse. If they want to create a new trilogy of action movies that star someone other than Jason Statham, they should just come up with a new premise rather then crap all over the Transporter IP even more.
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12:11AM on 02/08/2014
Holding out for the crossover of the decade: The Transformerporter - Transport and Roll Out!
Holding out for the crossover of the decade: The Transformerporter - Transport and Roll Out!
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10:19PM on 02/07/2014
Hollywood and their bullshit prequel ideas
Hollywood and their bullshit prequel ideas
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9:09PM on 02/07/2014

No Statham as Frank, no dice

...the important question, however, is whether the new actor will be getting oily.
...the important question, however, is whether the new actor will be getting oily.
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8:52PM on 02/07/2014
Look out, studio execs, The Stath might come back ... with a vengeance!
Look out, studio execs, The Stath might come back ... with a vengeance!
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8:16PM on 02/07/2014
Leave alone, The Stath is The Transporter!!
Leave alone, The Stath is The Transporter!!
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7:50PM on 02/07/2014

"The Transporter 4, 5, and 6 will not feature Jason Statham"

They will also not feature a paying audience.
They will also not feature a paying audience.
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6:51PM on 02/07/2014

Bah

Even with his dodgy accent (the swerves from American and British dialects were sometimes more pronounced than the ones in the car stunts), Statham was the only reason for me to watch the first three flicks. Can't see much of a draw to watch these ones, unless they do it with a Statham lookalike midget who "transports" things with Go-Karts and minibikes; that could be fun. Don't pretend you wouldn't watch that.
Even with his dodgy accent (the swerves from American and British dialects were sometimes more pronounced than the ones in the car stunts), Statham was the only reason for me to watch the first three flicks. Can't see much of a draw to watch these ones, unless they do it with a Statham lookalike midget who "transports" things with Go-Karts and minibikes; that could be fun. Don't pretend you wouldn't watch that.
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5:28PM on 02/07/2014
Why do studios think they need to make prequels to explain the origin stories of movie characters? It cheapens the character in many ways and removes any real big mystique the character might have once had. They treat the viewer like they are stupid and need everything explained to them.
Why do studios think they need to make prequels to explain the origin stories of movie characters? It cheapens the character in many ways and removes any real big mystique the character might have once had. They treat the viewer like they are stupid and need everything explained to them.
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4:25PM on 02/07/2014

love this franchise

im sad to see Statham leave the series, but as long as the films are good, i'll keep an open mind and look forward to them. This is another franchise that can do the James Bond format
im sad to see Statham leave the series, but as long as the films are good, i'll keep an open mind and look forward to them. This is another franchise that can do the James Bond format
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4:24PM on 02/07/2014
I hope one day Wolverine comes back to marvel and Jason Statham is casted and they teach him to speak in a canadian accent...now that'd be some day!
I hope one day Wolverine comes back to marvel and Jason Statham is casted and they teach him to speak in a canadian accent...now that'd be some day!
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4:21PM on 02/07/2014
Yeah right! Good luck making that film.
I'd rather have a film with Jason Statham just driving and kicking the shit out of people, and oh in a SUit. It doesn't even need to have a story nor the name TRANSPORTER.
JASON STATHAM rules.
Yeah right! Good luck making that film.
I'd rather have a film with Jason Statham just driving and kicking the shit out of people, and oh in a SUit. It doesn't even need to have a story nor the name TRANSPORTER.
JASON STATHAM rules.
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4:19PM on 02/07/2014
Well we now know where Statham's integrity draws the line.
Well we now know where Statham's integrity draws the line.
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4:12PM on 02/07/2014
I don't need to know how Frank Martin got started in the biz. All I know is he's ex-SAS (from the first movie) which is good enough for me.

Let me guess: Tr4nsporter will have a young nerdy Frank complete with hipster glasses and braces who constantly gets bullied until he stumbles upon a VHS of the Karate Kid and stands up for himself and establishes his badassery.

Tran5porter: Frank is in college but drops out to join the Army to fight in the Gulf War where his particular skills and
I don't need to know how Frank Martin got started in the biz. All I know is he's ex-SAS (from the first movie) which is good enough for me.

Let me guess: Tr4nsporter will have a young nerdy Frank complete with hipster glasses and braces who constantly gets bullied until he stumbles upon a VHS of the Karate Kid and stands up for himself and establishes his badassery.

Tran5porter: Frank is in college but drops out to join the Army to fight in the Gulf War where his particular skills and leadership earn him a spot in the SAS and participates in some Three Kings-type of mission.

Transp6rter: Frank is in Kosovo/Bosnia where he and his unit are sent on a suicide mission and his superior reluctantly abandons him. Pissed off, Frank fights his way out from behind enemy lines and returns home a disillusioned man. While in a brooding trance he decides from this day forth he will be known as... The Guy Who Logistically Moves Things From One Place To Another.
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4:05PM on 02/07/2014

Maybe studios are starting to realize Statham is box office poison.

These movies were rubbish anyway so why all the red bars? Who gives a shit? The guy has no charisma and has been starring in shitty action films for years. His best (and arguably only good) roles were in the old Guy Ritchie movies and it's been over a damned decade since. He's truly blessed he managed to nab a role in the Fast and Furious franchise since he doesn't have much else going for him right now (outside the Expendables, whose second film actually barely turned profit, and may not
These movies were rubbish anyway so why all the red bars? Who gives a shit? The guy has no charisma and has been starring in shitty action films for years. His best (and arguably only good) roles were in the old Guy Ritchie movies and it's been over a damned decade since. He's truly blessed he managed to nab a role in the Fast and Furious franchise since he doesn't have much else going for him right now (outside the Expendables, whose second film actually barely turned profit, and may not continue after the next one).
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12:04AM on 02/08/2014
Ex2 made 310+ million on a 100 million budget... And all those red bars? Those are people who give a shit. You have every right to your own opinion, but stop acting like it's in any way superior to anyone elses.
Ex2 made 310+ million on a 100 million budget... And all those red bars? Those are people who give a shit. You have every right to your own opinion, but stop acting like it's in any way superior to anyone elses.
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3:54PM on 02/07/2014

Epic Fail

while you're at it go make a Friday the 13th film without Jason, or maybe even make Doctor Doom a woman!
while you're at it go make a Friday the 13th film without Jason, or maybe even make Doctor Doom a woman!
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3:36PM on 02/07/2014
WHY THE HECK, DO THEY BOTHER? ITS A MAJOR WASTE OF TIME, NOBODY WILL GIVE A SHIT BECAUSE THERE IS NO STAHAM, WHICH IS THE ONLY REASON ANYBODY EVEN WATCHED THE FIRST 3 MOVIES...DONT THE MOVIE MAKERS KNOW, THESE NEXT THREE MOVIES WILL JUST NEED UP IN THE CHEAP DVD BIN? HECK, IF THEY ARE SO GUN-HO, JUST MAKE A TRANSPORTER MINI SERIES INSTEAD.
WHY THE HECK, DO THEY BOTHER? ITS A MAJOR WASTE OF TIME, NOBODY WILL GIVE A SHIT BECAUSE THERE IS NO STAHAM, WHICH IS THE ONLY REASON ANYBODY EVEN WATCHED THE FIRST 3 MOVIES...DONT THE MOVIE MAKERS KNOW, THESE NEXT THREE MOVIES WILL JUST NEED UP IN THE CHEAP DVD BIN? HECK, IF THEY ARE SO GUN-HO, JUST MAKE A TRANSPORTER MINI SERIES INSTEAD.
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3:20PM on 02/07/2014

good luck

finding an actor that makes people go 'oh yeah he seems like a young Frank Martin/Jason Statham'

seriously... like what?
finding an actor that makes people go 'oh yeah he seems like a young Frank Martin/Jason Statham'

seriously... like what?
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3:15PM on 02/07/2014
Whoever came up with this plan, should just go fuck themselves.
Whoever came up with this plan, should just go fuck themselves.
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3:35PM on 02/07/2014
Lolll
Lolll
3:15PM on 02/07/2014
Good because I got no reason to see them then.
Good because I got no reason to see them then.
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3:13PM on 02/07/2014

no statham?

then ZERO reason to watch this movie.
then ZERO reason to watch this movie.
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3:10PM on 02/07/2014
Really?
Really?
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