Jason Statham is Parker, Honorable Thief and Sometimes Killer

The thing to get out of his article is that Jason Statham is in negotiations to play another badass dude who is the best at what he does, and if you cross him, he’s liable to kill yo double-crossing ass. Basically, the character Jason Statham plays in every movie where someone has a gun or something goes boom. Mind you, not that I’m complaining or anything, but you know, it ain’t exactly gonna stretch his acting muscles any, is all I’m saying.

Anyhoo. The film in question is “Parker”, which will be based on a series of novels by the prolific and late author Donald E. Westlake (writing under the pen name Richard Stark). It will star Statham as the titular Parker, a master thief who only steals from people who can afford the loss, and has a strict code of honor that he enforces with a violent fist.

If the character and his code of honor sound familiar, that’s because Mel Gibson played the character in 1999’s “Payback”, though the character name was changed from Parker to Porter. The character also surfaced much earlier in 1967’s “Point Blank”, starring Lee Marvin, then named Walker. I guess when you get right down to it, “Parker” will be the first time the character actually has his REAL name used in a movie, which I guess is something.

Taylor Hackford, who directed the Russell Crowe actioner “Proof of Life” in 2000 and “Ray” in 2004, will direct Statham in the movie from a script by John J. McLaughlin, best known for co-writing Darren Aronofsky’s Award-winning “Black Swan”.