May 30, 2017

Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson projects going to Lionsgate

By Sean O’Connell Lionsgate is filling its slate with a trio of titles that it will distribute in partnership with IM Global, and we are starting to get a few more details about each project, thanks to Variety.

Jason Statham will headline “Safe,” which is currently in production. Written and directed by Boaz Yakin, the film co-stars Danni Lang, James Colby and Tim Carr. There’s no release date right now.

Meanwhile, Simon West’s “Protection” will go into production in March, with a New Mexico shoot. Dwayne Johnson will star in the action thriller, which casts the former wrestler as a disgraced former American Special Forces operative who must rescue a judge’s kidnapped daughter from a Mexican cartel, according to IMDb.

But the most anticipated title in the bunch has to be “Dredd,” a retry of the graphic novel that once was adapted into a Stallone vehicle. This new one stars Karl Urban (“Star Trek,” “Red”) and Olivia Thirlby (“Juno”), and will be directed in 3D by Pete Travis. It begins production on Nov. 12 in Cape Town, South Africa.

We’ll follow each project and report back new details as they surface.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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