It’s my birthday today and the universe has been kind enough to give me one of the greatest presents possible: news of an upcoming Jason Statham movie.
Anyone who knows me knows that this is very important.
Wild Card is a remake of 1986’s Heat and will use the same script as the original. Probably a good idea, given that it’s by William Goldman (The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men). Of course it’s directed by Simon West, which kind of takes the wind out of those sails. On the other hand, Heat had six directors and Goldman considered it “one of [his] major disasters.”
So, in theory at least, the director of Con Air and the greatest action star of his generation can only improve the material.
Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes…and this time, it’s all or nothing. From two-time Academy® Award-winning writer William Goldman (Best Original Screenplay, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969; Best Adapted Screenplay, All the President’s Men, 1976).
You know, considering they’re using a 30 year old script it sure as hell sounds like it was written for Statham.