What does Jason Statham have in common with Lee Marvin, Chow Yun Fat and Mel Gibson? Soon he could be the fourth actor to play a screen version of Parker, the principled thief created by Donald Westlake (under the alias Richard Stark) in a series of pulp novels. The previous three films (Point Blank, Full Contact and Payback) have all been pretty loose translations of the novel The Hunter, which introduced Parker in 1962 and kicked off a series that now includes twenty-four books. For this new version, simply called Parker, John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) scripted based on The Hunter, and Taylor Hackford is slated to direct. Read More »

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