Artnewspress : Are you strapped in? Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie have been long-time collaborators. Together they have made some of their most notable early films together, including Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The pair have already teamed back up for the upcoming crime drama Wrath of Man, formerly known as Cash Truck, and now we’ll be getting two new Ritchie-Statham movies thanks to a second project titled Five Eyes.
The action-thriller will center on Jason Statham’s MI6 agent character, Orson Fortune, who is recruited by the titular global intelligence alliance to track and stall the sale of deadly weapons, per Miramax. Five Eyes features the writers behind Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen, Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, with Ritchie also contributing to revisions.
Ivan Atkinson, who will also produce, and Marn Davies wrote Wrath of Man together, which will star Jason Statham, Scott Eastwood, Josh Hartnett and Alex Ferns. Wrath of Man follows Statham as H, a mysterious man working for a cash truck company and is expected to hit theaters in January 2021.
Five Eyes is planning to start up production in Europe this October, with international distribution sales for the film already in the works at this fall’s Toronto International Film Festival. The movie is described as a globe-trotting mission that will ask Statham’s character to use all his “charm, ingenuity and stealth” to track down and infiltrate a billionaire broker named Greg Simmonds. Another character in the mix is a tech expert named Sarah Fidel. Both Simmonds and Fidel have yet to be cast.