I dig Jason Statham. I know, he’s really not a great actor, but he seems very comfortable with the kind of movie he is good at, and will probably stay there for quite some time, and I get the feeling he’s not pissed off about it. (Of course, I could be wrong; it’s not like I know the guy or anything.) The latest news involves Statham possibly stepping into the shows of Edward Woodward in the big-screen adaptation of Woodward’s long-running series, “The Equalizer”, about an English spy who comes to New York and starts beating the crap out of people for the innocent. You know, what I do every Sunday.
The “Crank” and “Transporter” star tells Movies Online that he’s had discussions about stepping into the slippers of Edward Woodward as a veteran covert operative who, seeking redemption for his dark deeds, quits a CIA-like agency and puts an advertisement in the paper that reads simply: Need help? Odds against you? Call The Equalizer.
”I saw Harvey [Weinstein] the other week and he was talking to me about that”, says Statham, who says he’s got new “Transporter” and “Crank” films, in that order, to do first.
If Weinstein is smart, he’ll pursue this with Statham. “The Equalizer” is one of those movies that won’t win any awards, but with the right cast and director, it could be a hit that spawns a franchise, and Statham likes franchises…
Whoever does end up starring in this, “Lucky Number Slevin’s” Paul McGuigan will direct.