John Wick kills people with pencils. As far as competition goes, Jason Statham’s latest lead role needs nothing more than a jar of honey to do the trick in what MGM has up its sleeve from director David Ayer with revenge and retribution thriller, The Beekeeper.
KFTV has word that production in London has begun on The Beekeeper, from director David Ayer (Bright, Sabotage) and starring Jason Statham (Fast And Furious Presents: Hobbs And Shaw). The film marks a reunion for the action star with MGM following their previous involvement on Guy Ritchie revenge thriller, Wrath Of Man, with the company acquiring the film for U.S. distribution as of late last month.
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• Kieran Hawkes will direct prison drama Branded from a script by Alessandro Camon, which takes its cues from David Grann’s The New Yorker article, “The Brand”. It centers on Taylor (Alex Pettyfer), a once promising football player now serving life for murdering a drug dealer, and soon finds himself as the lynchpin of a growing major criminal empire, forcing him to choose between gang life, and a second chance on the outside.
Say what you will of the odd trajectory Shia LeBeouf’s film career has taken. He may be an oddball, but when it comes down to doing what he does, he does it damn well, and it’s fact shared amply with director David Ayer on the heels of their latest venture, The Tax Collector.
I’m still keen on a sequel to urban crime fantasy thriller, Bright. In the meantime it appears that director David Ayer will be backing another period war tank epic as he did with Fury (2014).
Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.
Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lucy Fry (11.22.63), Edgar Ramirez (Hands of Stone, Zero Dark Thirty), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), and Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad) also star for the film’s December 22 release. Enjoy the trailer below because much of it looks like a purely promising holiday action flick.
Bright is also up for a hopeful sequel if the rumors are anything to say for it. Otherwise, there’s still time to stir the pot should Ayer’s latest effort of film labor suit your fancy.
UPDATE: Other photos are coming in. Stay tuned!
Actor Joel Kinnaman‘s latest thriller is releasing this Friday in the form of Jaume Collet-Serra’s Run All Night with leading badass Liam Neeson. In the meantime, Kinnaman has at least two other films he’s currently filming soon so far in Canada, the first which, as of last week sees the actor on the snowy end of Sudbury in Ontario for Backcountry, the new thriller from Drive Productions, JoBro Productions and global rights holder Tajj Media.