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Jason Statham Won't Star In 'Transporter 4,' But Will Return For 'The Mechanic 2'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 7, 2014 at 9:04AM

It would seem that even Jason Statham has his limits. The action star doesn't always have the most discerning decision making process, and combined with a rather limited and defined range, it means his movies usually fit into a very specific box. But when it comes to the franchise that made his name, he's walking away from it slowly (as something surely explodes behind him).
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The Mechanic

It would seem that even Jason Statham has his limits. The action star doesn't always have the most discerning decision making process, and combined with a rather limited and defined range, it means his movies usually fit into a very specific box. But when it comes to the franchise that made his name, he's walking away from it slowly (as something surely explodes behind him).

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Luc Besson's EuropaCorp has given the green light to "Transporter 4," but Statham won't be back. Instead, the film will kick off a potential trilogy detailing Frank Martin's origin story. Good lord. So sorry Chris Vance fans, that probably means the star of the "Transporter" TV series won't be leaping to his own movie. But if you need more Statham in your life, not to worry, as he's reprising his role in a sequel to a movie you probably forgot about.

Remember "The Mechanic"? The 2011 remake of the Charles Bronson movie made just a touch over $50 million worldwide, so we're not sure who exactly is clamoring for a followup. But perhaps it makes a good tax writeoff or something because after being shopped around in 2012, "The Mechanic 2" is getting some fresh momentum. German director Dennis Gansel is now on board to helm the picture, with Statham back as assassin Arthur Bishop. No word yet on when it might roll as it probably needs to make a bit more in pre-sales to justify its existence, but given that Statham is a brand that guarantees a certain return, it'll probably happen.

This article is related to: Jason Statham, Mechanic: Resurrection, Transporter 4, Transporter 5, Transporter 6


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