Jason Statham’s Blitz Bypasses North American Theaters, Goes Straight to DVD

This is seriously disappointing news. Director Elliott Lester’s potentially badass action flick “Blitz”, which stars Jason Statham as a detective who is hot on the trail of a cop-murdering serial killer, will not see the inside of a darkened theater here in the States. Instead, the flick is scheduled to arrive on both DVD and Blu-ray this August. Does this mean that Statham’s box-office luster is beginning to fade? I certainly hope not. Then again, “The Mechanic” failed to produce strong numbers, and with the exception of “The Expendables 2″, I don’t see anything overly impressive on the actor’s schedule at the moment. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not knocking Statham at all, but I’m sensing that his days as a direct-to-video action hero are slowly closing in.

In case you missed it, here’s the synopsis:

The south-east London police squad are suffering collective burnout: with tragic deaths, excessive habits, uncontrollable anger and the wrong kind of friendships, the team never had it so bad. When a serial killer takes his show on the road, things get progressively worse. Nicknamed ‘The Blitz,’ a vicious murderer is aiming for tabloid glory by killing cops. Harold Dunphy, Ace crime reporter, thinks he’s on to the story of the decade, and the police have all the incentive they need to catch their criminal – before they get caught first!

“Blitz”‘ is scheduled to knock out viewers on August 23rd, 2011.