Director Taylor Hackford Talks PARKER, Casting from the Center Out, and Shooting Action on Location

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Academy Award winner Taylor Hackford tackles the action genre with aplomb and enthusiasm in Parker, a noirish crime thriller based on the novel Flashfire by Richard Stark, aka Donald E. Westlake, the prolific best-selling crime writer.  Hackford directs the slick heist flick starring Jason Statham from a riveting screen adaptation by John McLaughlin filled with non-stop action and thrills.  Parker opens on January 25th and also features Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Nick Nolte, Clifton Collins, Wendell Pierce and Micah Hauptman.

At the film’s recent press day, Hackford talked about directing his first genre movie based on the characters and storyline inspired by Westlake, his strategy of casting from the center out, collaborating with Statham on the amazing action sequences, the challenges of shooting on location and making it work on a tight budget, teaming up with composer David Buckley to develop the terrific score, and what he’s working on next.  Hit the jump to read more:

PARKER Featurette Goes Behind the Scenes with Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Director Taylor Hackford, Plus New Images from the Crime Thriller

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Director Taylor Hackford’s crime thriller Parker is due in January, but this new behind-the-scenes featurette and image collection will give you a sneak peek. Parker stars Jason Statham as the title character, a modern-day Robin Hood who is double-crossed by his crew, and Jennifer Lopez as a novice who wants in on the action. You can check out this recent trailer for Parker here and see a lot more footage in the new featurette.

The film also stars Michael ChiklisWendell Pierce and Nick Nolte.  Parker opens on January 25th, 2013. Hit the jump to check out the featurette and images.

First Trailer for Taylor Hackford’s PARKER Starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez

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The first trailer for director Taylor Hackford’s (Ray) crime thriller Parker has been released.  Based on the novel series by Donald E. Westlake, the film stars Jason Statham as a professional thief who lives by a set of rules: don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it.  When his crew double crosses him and leaves him for dead, he sets out to seek revenge during their biggest heist ever.  The pic is a slight departure from Statham’s standard shoot-em-up action fare, but this trailer still has its share of clichés.  Moreover, Statham inexplicably plays a lot of dress-up for his heists, disguising himself as a priest and as a rich Texan (with a terrible accent).  If you’re a fan of Statham and his films, this is probably right up your alley.  If not, Parker looks unlikely to change your mind.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, and Nick Nolte.  Parker opens on January 25th, 2013.

New Release Date for PARKER Starring Jason Statham

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FilmDistrict has pushed back Taylor Hackford‘s Parker to January 25th.  Based on the mystery novels by Donald Westlake, Parker stars Jason Statham as the eponymous thief, and co-stars Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Wendell Pierce, Clifton Collins Jr., and Michael Chiklis.  The movie was originally set to open on October 12th where it would have faced (and probably lost to) the star-studded The Gangster Squad and the Kevin James comedy Here Comes the Boom.

January, long treated as a dumping ground for likely flops, has started to yield surprising returns.  Modestly-budgeted movies like Contraband, Underworld Awakening, The Devil Inside, and The Grey all performed well at the box office, and Parker has the potential to do the same.  Currently, the film’s only competition is the breakdancing flick Battle of the Year: The Dream Team (formerly Planet B) starring Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, and Josh Peck. [Box Office Mojo]

Jason Statham in Talks to Star in PARKER for Director Taylor Hackford

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Jason Statham, the man with the finest British growl in the business, is in talks to star in the new thriller Parker. Adapted from a popular series of novels by Donald E. Westlake (writing under the pseudonym Richard Stark), the film will cast the Crank star as an honorable thief (would Statham ever play any other kind of thief?). The character has inspired several solid cinematic outings before, so the source material definitely has a successful pedigree. The film will be directed by journeyman filmmaker Taylor Hackford for the production company trifecta of Sierra/Affinity, Incentive Filmed Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

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Director Taylor Hackford Interview LOVE RANCH

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Taylor hackford-Helen mirren-love-ranchTaylor Hackford’s new film, Love Ranch, has everything – sex, boxing, love and murder.  Loosely inspired by the notorious Mustang Ranch, the bittersweet love story written by journalist Mark Jacobson turns explosive when larger than life personalities living on the edge are caught up in a romantic triangle.  Set in the late 1970s, Love Ranch stars Academy Award winners Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci as Grace and Charlie Bontempo, the husband and wife team who own and run Nevada’s first legalized brothel. The film also features up-and-coming Spanish actor Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Armando Bruza, a husky, world famous heavy weight boxer from South America who is brought to the Ranch to train.

We sat down with Taylor at a round table interview in Los Angeles to talk about his new film. He told us why he had an immediate connection to the material, what it was like directing his wife, and why he’s interested in working class stories. He also explained how he juxtaposed the harsh monochromatic exterior of the desert against the garish artificial interior of the Love Ranch brothel to frame his characters front and center.

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