Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie are re-teaming on Miramax’s spy thriller Five Eyes, which seems an appropriate title given that it will be the duo’s fifth time working together following Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Revolver and the upcoming Wrath of Man, which used to be known as Cash Truck.
Statham is set to star as — get this — Orson Fortune, an MI6 agent who is recruited by global intelligence alliance ‘Five Eyes’ to track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology that threatens to disrupt the world order. Reluctantly paired with CIA high-tech expert Sarah Fidel, Fortune sets off on a globe-trotting mission to find billionaire arms broker Greg Simmonds and infiltrate his inner circle.
Ritchie will direct from a script written by Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, who worked with the filmmaker on The Gentlemen and Wrath of Man. Ritchie contributed his own revisions, of course, and Atkinson will produce the movie alongside Bill Block of Miramax, which is also fully financing the film. CAA Media Finance arranged the financing, and production is slated to start in Europe next month.
STXfilms has secured worldwide distribution rights and will distribute directly in the U.S., UK, and Ireland, and STXinternational will launch sales to foreign buyers at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. “Jason is a global box office heavy weight, and when teamed with Guy Ritchie, that’s an irresistible combination,” said STX’s Adam Fogelson.
It makes perfect sense that STX would be eager to get back in business with Ritchie after The Gentlemen grossed $115 million at the worldwide box office. And though Matthew McConaughey may have an Oscar, Statham may be the bigger box office draw, as evidenced by movies like The Meg ($530 million worldwide) and the Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw ($759 million). Ritchie is no stranger to blockbusters himself, having directed Sherlock Holmes and Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake. For more on Wrath of Man, click here.