Via a press release sent out this morning, Lionsgate has announced that the new Jason Statham film Wild Card will see release in the first month of the new year. The film, directed by Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) is the second cinematic adaptation of the 1985 novel Heat by author and renowned screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men), who wrote the screenplays for both the first adaptation in 1986 starring Burt Reynolds, as well as this new one starring Statham.
The official synopsis reads,
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.
Principal photography on Wild Card began all the way back in February of 2013, and at one point director Brian de Palma’s name was attached as director before Simon West became the project head. While a slew of remakes seem to be hitting Hollywood, this is one of the few instances where the new film is actually written by the writer of both the first film and the book that its based upon, which will hopefully spell good things for this latest iteration of the story. While the original film was plagued with behind-the-scenes woes and was not particularly successful at the box office, Wild Card seems to have a solid cast and a capable director, while also being made on what could likely be considered a relatively modest budget by today’s standards or studio action movies.
Wild Card will be released on January 30th, 2015 in theaters and on-demand, and stars Statham, Stanley Tucci, Sofia Vergara, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Angarano, Anne Heche, Jason Alexander, and Cedric the Entertainer. For more on this film as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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