Action star Jason Statham (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw) and director Guy Ritchie (The Gentlemen) are set to re-team once again on Miramax’s spy thriller Five Eyes. The pair have collaborated on several films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Ritchie’s upcoming Wrath of Man.
Statham will star as MI6 guns-and-steel agent Orson Fortune who “is recruited by global intelligence alliance ‘Five Eyes’ to track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology that threatens to disrupt the world order. Reluctantly paired with CIA high-tech expert Sarah Fidel, Fortune sets off on a globe-trotting mission where he will have to use all of his charm, ingenuity, and stealth to track down and infiltrate billionaire arms broker Greg Simmonds.”
Five Eyes is written by Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies (The Gentlemen) with revisions by Ritchie. Miramax’s Bill Block will produce with Miramax financing the film and producing alongside STXfilms, who will distribute the film in the US, UK and Ireland.
“Guy Ritchie’s Five Eyes is his next collaboration with Jason, commencing with Snatch, following the upcoming film, Wrath of Man and the global success of The Gentlemen, in partnership with STXfilms,” said Block. “We’re excited to be reunited with the STX team, as well as Ritchie and Statham whose undeniable chemistry, philosophy, and talent will surely attract a massive appeal from audiences worldwide.”
“Jason is a global box office heavyweight, and when teamed with Guy Ritchie, that’s an irresistible combination,” said Adam Fogelson, chairman of the STXfilms Motion Picture Group. “It’s a thrill to be back in business with Guy, Bill and the team at Miramax after our shared success on The Gentlemen and we believe Five Eyes is the kind of film our partners overseas will love as much as we do.”
Five Eyes is set to begin production in October throughout Europe.
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