JASON STATHAM TO STAR IN
“UNTITLED KURT WIMMER PROJECT”
Santa Monica, CA – November 6, 2015 – Global action icon Jason Statham has signed on to star in a new high-octane action/thriller tentatively referred to as “Untitled Kurt Wimmer Project” – a production between Jason Statham and Steven Chasman’s SJ Pictures and China-based Road Pictures.
Written by Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Total Recall, Point Break) the movie is centered around an Ex-Pat Brit in Hong Kong who goes on the run with a high-level female Chinese agent to solve a kidnapping with global implications.
Steven Chasman (The Bank Job, The Transporter 1, 2 & 3) will produce the movie with Gongming Cai and Julien Favre of Road Pictures, the Beijing-headquartered global media group. Principal photography will begin in fall 2016. The film will shoot in China and in Europe.
Said Chasman, “Jason and I both have been wanting to work with Kurt for a long time. He has such an incredible vision for this film that this collaboration is particularly exciting for us. The narrative Kurt creates is incredibly rich and while our story is rooted in adventure, it is also very much character driven. We couldn’t be more fortunate to be working with him, as well as our new partners from Road Pictures, Gongming and Julien, who really comprehend the global potential for the film.”
Gongming Cai commented, “This is a perfect vehicle for Jason Statham to conquer the Chinese market – he is a true global superstar who has such an authentic connection with audiences around the world. Jason is in a class by himself. There is nothing he can’t do and he proves this time and time again with every project he’s involved in. We’re excited to put this film into production, which marks the beginning of what we see as a fruitful long-term partnership with Jason Statham and Steven Chasman.”
About Jason Statham
Jason Statham is an international actor known for his hard-hitting action films. He started his career in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, personally cast by Guy Ritchie who he worked with again in Snatch alongside Brad Pitt. Luc Besson trusted him in the title role of Frank Martin in the Transporter and Statham kept moviegoers’ hearts racing in the adrenaline pumping films Crank and Crank 2: High Voltage. Statham received rave reviews in the Paul Feig action comedy Spy and was part of Universal’s blockbuster hit Fast and the Furious 7. His other film credits include the Rodger Donaldson film The Bank Job, Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables 1, 2 &3, Homefront, Safe, Parker, and The Italian Job.
Statham is represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and Current Entertainment.
About Steven Chasman / Current Entertainment
Steven Chasman specializes in producing cutting edge action films. Chasman’s most recent Wild Card was based on the screenplay and novel ‘Heat’ written by Academy Award-winner William Goldman. Chasman and Current Entertainment have also produced a number of films with Luc Besson including the highly successful Transporter Trilogy starring Statham, the Jet Li-starring films Kiss of the Dragon and Unleashed and Taxi starring Jimmy Fallon. Other Current Entertainment productions include the Taylor Hackford-directed Parker based on the series of novels by Donald Westlake which starred Statham and Jennifer Lopez, Blitz based on the novel by Ken Bruen, Killer Elite based on the true story written by Sir Ranulph Fiennes starring Statham and Robert De Niro and Roger Donaldson’s critically acclaimed The Bank Job based on the 1971 Baker Street bank robbery.
About Road Pictures
Started in early 2014 by founder Gongming Cai and co-founder Jia Cao, Road Pictures is involved in the development, production, finance, marketing and distribution of global entertainment, with a focus on the Chinese market. The company is headquartered in Beijing, with offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.
The former Sales Director for VW-Audi China and Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Mercedes-Benz China, Gongming Cai was is credited for turning Audi and Mercedes into two of the most successful automakers in China. After twenty years in the auto industry, Cai realized his long-held dream and started Road Pictures, establishing one of the leading and most innovative entertainment marketing agencies in China. In early 2015, the company expanded its operations to include finance and production of Chinese and English language films and television.
Road Pictures’ latest feature, the romantic comedy ONLY YOU starring Tang Wei (LUST, CAUTION) was released in July in China. Coming next is the high-concept Chinese-language comedy MEN vs WOMEN, a remake of the Italian hit comedy.