After being announced at Cannes as a best-selling title last summer, Miramax’s “The Beekeeper,” directed by David Ayer and starring Jason Statham, has been acquired by MGM for theatrical distribution in the United States, as well as select international territories.
MGM, Statham and Miramax recently teamed up on Guy Ritchie’s hard-hitting heist film “Wrath of Man.” Jason Statham and Kurt Wimmer will produce alongside Bill Block for Miramax and Chris Long for Cedar Park Studios.
Written by Wimmer, “The Beekeeper” follows “a man’s brutal revenge campaign taking on national stakes after he is revealed to be a former agent of a powerful, underground organization known as the Beekeepers.” , according to the official synopsis. Statham is, without a doubt, the only man.
“Having collaborated with David on previous films ‘Fury’ and ‘Sabotage’ and with Jason on ‘Wrath of Man’ and ‘Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre’, I am thrilled to bring together this remarkable team for such an exciting project. written by the brilliant Kurt Wimmer,” Block said in an official statement.
In an official statement, MGM President Distribution and Acquisitions Chris Ottinger said, “We are thrilled to once again partner with Bill Block and Miramax on this incredibly fresh and exciting film from writer Kurt Wimmer and director David Ayer with Jason Statham. With ‘Wrath of Man’ we have proven that our dynamic release model can be incredibly successful, and we look forward to even better results with ‘The Beekeeper’.
Statham, whose blockbusters have grossed more than $6.8 billion worldwide, will star. His upcoming films include Ritchie’s “Operation Fortune: Cunning War” (which was due out last spring), new installments in the “Expendables” and “Fast and Furious” franchises, and a sequel to “The Meg,” this time directed by British filmmaker Ben Wheatley.