Following their collaborations with the hit film The Gentlemen and the upcoming Wrath of Man (formerly known as “Cash Truck”), Miramax is re-teaming with acclaimed director Guy Ritchie for globetrotting spy thriller Five Eyes, starring action phenomenon Jason Statham (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, The Meg, Spy, Crank).
Ritchie will direct and produce from a screenplay written by Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies (The Gentlemen, Wrath of Man), with revisions by Ritchie. Atkinson will also produce.
STXfilms has secured worldwide distribution rights to the highly-coveted film. STX will distribute directly in the US, UK, and Ireland, and STXinternational will launch sales to foreign buyers at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.
STXfilms had great success earlier this year with Ritchie’s The Gentlemen, which grossed $115 million at the worldwide box office.
In the film, MI6 guns-and-steel agent Orson Fortune (Statham) is recruited by global intelligence alliance “Five Eyes” to track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology that threatens to disrupt the world order.
Reluctantly paired with CIA high-tech expert Sarah Fidel, Fortune sets off on a globe-trotting mission where he will have to use all of his charm, ingenuity and stealth to track down and infiltrate billionaire arms broker Greg Simmonds.
Principal photography is set to commence in Europe in October 2020.
Five Eyes will be produced Bill Block for Miramax, which is also fully financing the film. Ivan Atkinson also serves as producer. CAA Media Finance arranged financing and brokered the US, UK, and Ireland distribution deal.
“Guy Ritchie’s Five Eyes is his next collaboration with Jason, commencing with Snatch, following the upcoming film, Wrath of Man and the global success of The Gentlemen, in partnership with STXfilms,” said Miramax CEO Bill Block.
“We’re excited to be reunited with the STX team, as well as Ritchie and Statham whose undeniable chemistry, philosophy and talent will surely attract a massive appeal from audiences worldwide.”
“Jason is a global box office heavy weight, and when teamed with Guy Ritchie, that’s an irresistible combination,” commented Adam Fogelson, chairman of the STXfilms Motion Picture Group.
“It’s a thrill to be back in business with Guy, Bill and the team at Miramax after our shared success on The Gentlemen and we believe Five Eyes is the kind of film our partners overseas will love as much as we do.”
One of Hollywood’s most valuable action stars, Jason Statham has led a string of global box office hits, exhilarating audiences in films like The Meg ($530 million worldwide box office) and the Fast and Furious spin-off Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw ($759 million worldwide box office).
Five Eyes marks veteran director Guy Ritchie’s third collaboration with writers Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, following The Gentlemen, which grossed $115 million globally, and the upcoming Wrath of Man.
Ritchie is well-known for his mastery of the gangster genre, making his name alongside Statham with classics like Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. He has also entertained audiences with blockbuster hits including Sherlock Holmes, and Disney’s Aladdin.
Statham’s deal was negotiated by Patrick Knapp of Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher. Ritchie was represented on the deal by CAA and attorney Matt Saver.