Jason Statham Returns for Transporter Trilogy
After breaking the news last March that The Transporter 3 would officially be coming sometime in the next few years, confirmation has arrived today via Variety that the series' star Jason Statham will be back again for the third film. Statham will be reprising his role as the indestructible delivery man Frank Martin and is gearing up to shoot for 16 weeks in Russia and France. The only bad news is that the director of the first two, Louis Leterrier, won't be back, and is instead being replaced by another more inexperienced Frenchman
French filmmaker Louis Leterrier, who directed the first two films, is instead off putting the finishing touches on The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton. His replacement is Olivier Megaton, another French director whose previous directing credits include Exit and The Red Siren in addition to working as second unit director on last year's Hitman. The news doesn't include information on whether writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen will be back for this one as well. However, Besson is attached as a producer along with Steve Chasman. Actor Francois Berleand will also reprise his role as Tarconi while Robert Knepper ("Prison Break") will join the cast.
I've got to make a confession - I've never seen either of the first two Transporter movies. I love Statham and always enjoy good action, but for some odd reason I have never had the slightest urge to watch them. I don't know what it is and I still can't get myself to watch them. As is certainly apparent with the reaction in the comments (over 50) to our original Transporter 3 news, there are numerous fans of the series that I'm sure could easily give me reasons why it's a good set of films. Maybe when this third movie comes around I'll go for a trilogy showing and experience all of it at once for the first time.
Statham previously hinted that Luc Besson was writing a script, but no other possibly story details have been revealed. We can probably expect The Transporter 3 sometime in early 2009.