Jason Statham’s big-screen characters have done everything from teaming up with other action icons to taking on a Megalodon shark. But Statham’s next character is about to enter the surprisingly dangerous world of beekeepers. And now the project has a director. By the deadline, suicide squad director David Ayer has signed on to direct The beekeeper.
According to the report, Miramax hopes that The beekeeper can become an action franchise. Deadline calls it a “fast-paced action thriller steeped in beekeeping mythology.” Statham’s character is a man on the road to revenge with “national stakes”. He is also a former agent of the secret group which calls itself the Beekeepers. salt screenwriter Kurt Wimmer wrote The Beekeeper to specification and successfully sold it to Miramax last fall.
Before becoming a director, Ayer wrote the screenplays for training day, CRUSHand The fast and the furious. His directorial credits include hard times, kings of the street, End of guard tour, Sabotage, Furyand Bright. Ayer’s most recent film was the crime thriller, The tax collector.
As reported by Deadline, Ayer and Statham have a history at Miramax. Statham starred in Guy Ritchie man’s anger and Operation Fortune: Cunning War, both produced by Miramax. The studio was also behind Ayer’s Fury.
Miramax’s Bill Block will produce the film. He also shared a statement to confirm the news:
“Having collaborated with Jason on man’s anger and Operation Fortuneand with David on Furywe are fortunate to partner with these masters of the new action genre to bring Kurt’s brilliant storyline to the first installment of this franchise.
There is currently no start date for The beekeeper. Miramax is said to be about to shop for the film “at the next Cannes market”. But it may take a few years before the project hits theaters.