Jason Statham To Tone It Down In Safe

By Perri Nemiroff 2010-05-07 17:48:42discussion comments
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Jason Statham can do more than wield a gun, kick some ass and recharge his batteries with jumper cables and he wants to prove it to you. As reported by the LA Times, Statham is joining forces with producer Lawrence Bender and director Boaz Yakin for Safe. The film lets Statham remain in thriller territory, but will inevitably test his range.

Statham has built his career with heavy actioners including the Crank films, the Transporter series and Death Race, but his collaborators on Safe have dabbled in wholly different areas of filmmaking. Yakinís most notable accomplishments are Uptown Girls and Remember the Titans. I guess Remember the Titans has some combative moments, but a football game canít quite compare to a race around the track on Terminal Island. Bender, on the other hand, has a few things on his resume packed with violent and exhilarating moments. Heís worked alongside Quentin Tarantino for quite a while, having produced just about everything from Inglorious Basterds to Pulp Fiction, so Bender has some action up his sleeve, but with a more off kilter styling as compared to Stathamís.

Unfortunately the article doesnít offer any plot details, so itís impossible to know how artsy this one well get. Itíd be interesting to see Safe take Statham way out of his comfort zone. The film does fall under the thriller category, but Yakin and Benderís involvement has to mean this one has a little something more to it. Safe will join John Cusackís The Factory and a Kevin Costner film on IM Globalís list of project to sell on the Cannes market.
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