According to Deadline, The Expendables star Jason Statham has officially signed for his next action thriller, titled The Beekeeper, with Suicide Squad director David Ayer attached to helm. The project hails from Miramax, who is planning to start a franchise out of the film. This marks Statham’s latest collaboration with Miramax after working together on two of Guy Ritchie’s most recent action films.
“Having collaborated with Jason on Wrath Of Man and Operation Fortune, and with David on Fury, we are fortunate to partner with these masters of the new action genre to bring Kurt’s brilliant script to the first installment of this franchise.”
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Described as a fast-paced action thriller, The Beekeeper “follows a man’s personal journey of vengeance which takes on national stakes after he is revealed to be a former operative of a powerful and clandestine organization known as the Beekeepers,” reads the synopsis.
The film will be directed by David Ayer from a screenplay written by Kurt Wimmer. It will be produced by Statham and Wimmer, along with Bill Block for Miramax and Chris Long for Cedar Park Studios.
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Statham will next be seen in the forthcoming action sequels, The Expendables 4, Meg 2: The Trench, and Fast X. Ayer was first recognized for writing Antoine Fuqua’s crime drama Training Day and 2001’s The Fast and the Furious. His directorial film credits include Street Kings, End of Watch, Fury, Bright, and The Tax Collector.