William Goldman, the living legend screenwriter who wrote All The President’s Men, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Princess Bride, is 80 years old, but that isn’t stopping him from working in Hollywood. Back in 1986, he wrote a film called Heat – no relation to the Michael Mann classic – that was based on Goldman’s own novel. Now he’s writing another adaptation of that same story for the big screen, but instead of Burt Reynolds headlining, this time it’s Jason Statham.
The story sounds like Hitch for badasses, in which a mercenary makes guys look tough instead of romantic. When his escort friend is beaten by a Vegas high roller, the mercenary (Statham, in this case) goes after him to get revenge.
Shooting starts by the end of the year in France. This reads like a typical Statham project, but there’s one other key player here: Brian De Palma is directing. Admittedly, the guy’s had some bad films in the past decade, but maybe a straight-up action revenge story is what he needs to get his blood pumping again.