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Exclusive: Statham Set For The Grabbers?
Influenced by Treasure of Sierra Madre

17 September 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Stath

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Empire caught up with one of this country’s finest cinematic exports - Sir Jason 'The Stath' Statham, who’ll next be seen in Paul W.S. Anderson’s brutal but enjoyable Death Race – recently and, being the fearless investigative journalists we are, we totally asked him about his next movie.

“Jason, we said,” in the courageous style of a Woodward, Bernstein or Olly Richards, “what are you doing next?” You should have been there. It was electric.

Well, we had The Stath bang to rights. And so he told us about a project that hasn’t yet been officially announced – and which, nevertheless, sounds damned intriguing.

“We’ve got a movie we’re trying to do, written by David and Janet Peoples, in the vein of an old film, The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre,” quoth The Stath, immediately piquing Empire’s interest. If you don’t know The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, it’s a John Huston film, starring Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston as gold diggers who become contaminated by greed. It’s a stone-cold classic* and a timeless rumination on the danger of avarice – and the news that the script for this new version is written by the Peoples, two of the finest writers around (they wrote Twelve Monkeys together, while David wrote Blade Runner and Unforgiven on his tod), is particularly exciting.

“It’s not a remake or anything,” clarified The Stath. “But it’s a little bit like that – about relationships and how greed contaminates the relationships these three people have. The working title is The Grabbers.”

Ah – something might have to be done about that title, as it’s a) a bit rubbish and b) sounds a bit rude. Can you imagine asking for two tickets to see Jason Statham’s Grabbers? No, us neither.

Anyway, fans of The Stath won’t be surprised to find that he would be playing “this crazy Brit that is quite charismatic.” We’ll even stick our necks to say that, though this isn’t a remake, that he might well be playing the Bogart role – which means that we can compare the man dubbed the ‘new Steve McQueen’ to another cinema icon. And, of course, it sounds like a change of pace for Statham from his usual diet of hard-edged action flicks. Good - while we love those movies, we'd like to see him make a play for the big leagues. And who knows - maybe The Grabbers could be his breakout flick.

It’s early days yet, though, and the film might not happen. “Hopefully we’ll get that made. We’re trying to put the finance together now and hopefully do it before the end of the year,” said The Stath, who also has Transporter 3 and Crank II: High Voltage awaiting release, as part of his plan to dominate the world by, apparently, killing everyone on the planet bar himself. “If not, we’ll do something else.”

Well, we wish him well in his quest to bring The Grabbers – sorry, Should Be Untitled Jason Statham Project - to the big screen.

* If you don’t know The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, and shame on you if you don’t, you might know the Walter Hill remake, Trespass, which starred the two Bills, Paxton and Sadler, and the two Ices, Cube and T. It was bobbins.

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Jason Statham's "Grabbers"
I will watch anything with Jason in I just love him and his style; I've counted down the weeks until "Deathrace" and it's great to think there is something else with him in to look forward to!! Bez More

Posted by bez at 17:15 on 20 September 2008 | Report This Post

Great article! More

Posted by Bluehawk at 18:43 on 18 September 2008 | Report This Post

Re: Peoples and Blade Runner
I meant without the missus. Due respect to Hampton Fancher. More

Posted by Chris Hewitt at 18:40 on 17 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Rule 1....
L: the ageless stranger L: pishtie No, you can't. You really, really can't. The man is a stoic god. ze] Can't argue with the "stoic" part. Not a facial expression, or a dab of charisma to be had anywhere. He's got that much nailed. lasphemer! More

Posted by pishtie at 14:10 on 17 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Rule 1....
L: pishtie No, you can't. You really, really can't. The man is a stoic god. ze] sp; Can't argue with the "stoic" part. Not a facial expression, or a dab of charisma to be had anywhere. He's got that much nailed. More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 13:05 on 17 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Rule 1....
L: the ageless stranger L: Jim Bob ..you can never have to much of The Stath. Yes you can. You really, really can. No, you can't. You really, really can't. The man is a stoic god. go, when I resided in the good old USA (somewhat illegally), I had the pleasure of plastering his bathroom and the thourougly nice chap that he is bought us some beers in and had a bevvy with us And that, Damn I'm Good, is a story you should be able to go out drinking on for, ooh, the rest o More

Posted by pishtie at 12:57 on 17 September 2008 | Report This Post

Stath for President!
OF THE WORLD!!!! Jason Statham is awesome and a top bloke to boot. Years ago, when I resided in the good old USA (somewhat illegally), I had the pleasure of plastering his bathroom and the thourougly nice chap that he is bought us some beers in and had a bevvy with us. Respect is due. He will dominate the world. It's just a question of when. More

Posted by damn im good! at 12:38 on 17 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Statham Set For The Grabbers?
L: lukeyboy L: Hughezy i love this guy, his films are rubbish (apart from Crank) but i love him. to team up with Downey Jr pleaseuote] The Stath should play Dr Watson in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes adaptation. Who's with me??....... I think it would be cool for about 5 minutes, then might wear thin. Depends on Ritchie's script/tone of the film though. The Stath and RDJ seem to be the guy crushes !f it's an either/or situation though, who do you choose?! I'm a girl More

Posted by Acho at 12:02 on 17 September 2008 | Report This Post

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L: Hughezy i love this guy, his films are rubbish (apart from Crank) but i love him. to team up with Downey Jr pleaseuote]   The Stath should play Dr Watson in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes adaptation. Who's with me??....... More

Posted by lukeyboy at 11:54 on 17 September 2008 | Report This Post

Groovy
Stath is ace in what he does and this sounds like the kinda project to break him outta the 'low-brow' fare he often gets derided for. Althought personally I love the Transporter films. They're like mental action-based cartoons come to life in a Wacky-Races meets Jonny Quest via Looney Tunes kinda way, ha ha. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 11:09 on 17 September 2008 | Report This Post

i love this guy, his films are rubbish (apart from Crank) but i love him. get him to team up with Downey Jr please. More

Posted by Hughezy at 10:42 on 17 September 2008 | Report This Post

Fantatsic - you have knighted The Stath now Empire
Soon he'll be KIng Stath by the Time Crank 2 is out. It's great to see him branch out to other genres (what seem to have started with The Bank Job) I can really see him as playing a bogart-type character. But please Jason change the title, it makes the film sound like a stupid, silly Disater Movie clone. More

Posted by Taz69 at 10:27 on 17 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Rule 1....
L: Jim Bob ..you can never have to much of The Stath. sp; Yes you can. You really, really can. More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 09:13 on 17 September 2008 | Report This Post

Blade Runner written by Peoples on his tod?
I think Hampton Fancher might have something to say about that.. More

Posted by barnoid at 08:19 on 17 September 2008 | Report This Post

Rule 1....
..you can never have to much of The Stath. More

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