Word on a new Jason Statham movie is always welcome round these here parts and today Bloomberg has announced that The Stath “will play the lead in a project backed by China’s Road Pictures, in the latest example of how the country’s filmmakers are reaching out to a global audience.
Statham will play a British expatriate in Hong Kong, on the run with a female Chinese agent, the producers said Friday in a statement.
The untitled movie is written by Kurt Wimmer, whose credits include “Total Recall” and “Point Break.”
Road Pictures, based in Beijing, is among a growing number of Chinese filmmakers forging collaborations in Hollywood to expand beyond their local market, which is forecast to become the world’s biggest by 2020. That’s positioning firms in the country to take on projects aimed at a global audience in a business now dominated by U.S. studios.
“The story is going to be a very global film,” Gongming Cai, founder of Road Pictures, said in an interview. “Jason wants to make a big film for a Chinese audience. He is very very popular in China.”
Sounds interesting; I still want more information on that Tony Jaa team-up movie that was discussed a few months ago.