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Jason Statham & Baltasar Kormakur Join Forces for New Action-Thriller

Jason Statham & Director Baltasar Kormakur

In an exclusive announcement, it has been revealed that Jason Statham (“Fast & Furious”) will star in a gripping action-thriller directed by Baltasar Kormákur (“Everest”), set to be presented by Black Bear at the Cannes market this week.

The yet-to-be-titled film will follow Statham as Mason, a man living in seclusion on a remote Scottish island. His solitary existence is shattered when he rescues a young girl from the treacherous sea during a violent storm, triggering a series of events that lead to a brutal attack on his sanctuary. Forced to confront his haunting past, Mason must venture back into the world he left behind.

Scheduled to begin filming in November across the UK and Iceland, with filming services provided by Kormákur’s RVK Studios in Reykjavik, the script is penned by Ward Parry. The film will be produced by Statham for Punch Palace Productions, Kormákur for RVK Studios, John Friedberg for Black Bear, and Jon Berg and Greg Silverman for Stampede Ventures. Teddy Schwarzman and Michael Heimler will serve as executive producers for Black Bear.

Black Bear is presenting the film to potential buyers at Cannes, co-representing U.S. rights alongside Range Select.

Statham, known for his action-packed performances, recently starred in “The Beekeeper,” directed by David Ayer, which grossed $150M worldwide. He is currently collaborating with Ayer on the action-thriller “Levon’s Trade” and is set to commence production on “Mutiny” with Jean-Francois Richet in September.

Director Baltasar Kormákur has helmed acclaimed films such as “2 Guns,” “Contraband,” and “Everest,” with his latest project “Beast” slated for release by Focus Features this summer.

Black Bear’s Cannes market lineup includes David Michôd’s Christy Martin biopic, Gregg Araki’s thriller “I Want Your Sex” starring Olivia Wilde, and the high-profile Mahershala Ali-Tom Hardy thriller “77 Blackout,” produced by Cary Joji Fukunaga and Charles Roven.

John Friedberg of Black Bear expressed excitement about the collaboration, praising Statham’s action prowess and Kormákur’s dynamic filmmaking style. The team is eager to introduce audiences to the thrilling world of Michael Mason in this upcoming action franchise.


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