Open Road, with Tom Ortenberg at the helm and ex-Weinstein Co. vet Liz Biber running publicity, will release Killer Elite in theaters on September 23. The action thriller, inspired by the true story told in Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ novel The Feather Men, stars action-reliable Jason Statham (who is on my stars-who-open-movies list) as a special ops agent lured out of retirement to rescue his mentor (Robert De Niro). That requires killing three canny assassins led by Clive Owen.
It will be tough to match the original 1975 Sam Peckinpah actioner based on Robert Rostand's Monkey in the Middle, starring Godfather's James Caan as a mercenary who is shot and crippled by his one-time partner Robert Duvall, and then seeks revenge. UPDATE: Is it technically a remake if it's based on a different telling of the same true story? The two plots do sound quite different.