While we’ll give credit where credit is due with Guy Ritchie’s Lock, stock and two smoking barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000), it cannot be denied that The conveyor The franchise was what really catapulted Jason Statham into mainstream stardom and cemented his status as a modern-day action star. So why did the man behind ex-spec ops mercenary Frank Martin walk away from doing transporter 5 almost at the same time as enrolling in the mercenaries 3 (2014), Fast and furious 7 (2015), as well as Mechanics: Resurrection (2016)?
In 2013, the hollywood reporter reported that EuropaCorp and Fundamental Films would co-finance, produce and distribute three future installments in the transporter franchise. The projects were given budgets ranging between US$30–40 million/A$42 million and A$56 million, with at least one of the films “probably set in China”. But from what we can tell, other than a single movie starring a different actor released in 2015 – more on that later – the Frank Martin saga is apparently dead in the water.
Here’s everything we know about Stath Man’s current position the transporter 5 (as well as its general condition).
Everything we know about the Transporter 5
never change the deal
It so happens that before the services of game of Thrones Alumnus Ed Skrein was recruited for the soft reboot The transporter refueled around 2015, there was actually an offer to make transporter 4 (which eventually became refueled), transporter 5as much as transporter 6. It was just a problem. Good, two Really.
“You know what? It was obviously a great experience to make those movies, and I would have loved to continue making them,” explains Jason Statham during an interview with Vulture.
“But they wanted me to sign on and do three more movies without even seeing a script, and they offered me less money to do three than they would pay me for one! So it was a business decision.”
“I would have loved to have done it, but you can’t really sign without doing a script, and sign for three of them? And so that they pay me a pittance? I just couldn’t see the value in that.”
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A good reason to stay away from this pack
As low as his filmography might be, let’s not pretend Crank: high voltage (2009), Gnomeo and Juliet (2011), or megalodon (2018) were stripped of any accolades – it’s more than understandable why Jason Statham wouldn’t be willing to stake his reputation, as well as Frank Martin’s legacy, on three potentially subpar films beginning with transporter 5. And for pennies on the dollar, no less.
Imagine having to sit there after years of soulless shooting. the transporter movie after the transporter movie, dreading release date after release date, all the media hype involved to sell how film philosophy has changed, about how Frank Martin has evolved. It is practically the seventh circle of Hell.
I guess when all is said and done, there are only so many missions in the movie where you get to see a former spec ops mercenary turned kickboxing courier embark before the services you’ll request involve a bullet to your own head.
Or, more appropriately, services that involve being locked in a trunk and services that involve being thrown off a cliff. Just look what they did to her Fast and Furious Y Taken.
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So that’s it… No Transporter 5 release date? No more transport period?
At the time of writing this article: yes. It even seems that Ed Skrein is not very interested in transporter 5either.
But fear not. The beauty of being a Stath Man fan is that you get to see him play the exact same character in all of his other movies. Bonus points if it’s being directed by Guy Ritchie. God bless you, Guy Ritchie. God bless any movie made by Guy Ritchie. Even anger of man.
In fact, the dynamic duo have a spy movie in theaters right now titled Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre starring the don himself, Aubrey Plaza, Josh Hartnett, Cary Elwes, Bugzy Malone and Hugh Grant.
Check out the plot + movie synopsis below.
Super-spy Orson Fortune and his team of agents recruit Hollywood’s biggest movie star, Danny Francesco, to help them on a covert mission to stop billionaire arms dealer Greg Simmonds from selling a deadly new weapons technology that threatens to disrupt the world order.