- Jason Statham will reunite with The Beekeeper director David Ayer.
- Statham plays a former black ops soldier trying to make a new life for himself.
- Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay for the film.
Action-packed Jason Statham and outspoken director David Ayer clearly got along well during the production of their upcoming action thriller The Beekeeper. According to Deadlinethey are already looking to collaborate again for a new film.
And while it sounds like the new project Levon’s Trade will share some different sensibilities (both tell the story of a man who leaves a life of violence behind for a quieter life, only to find himself drawn back to it feel like taking out bad guys), Ayer will certainly find a way to make the new film different.
What is the story of Levon’s Trade?
The film shows how Levon Cade (Statham) left his past behind to go straight and work in construction. He wants to live a simple life and be a good father to his daughter.
But when his boss’s teenage daughter, Jenny, disappears, he must reuse the skills that made him a legendary figure in the shadowy world of covert operations. His hunt for the missing college student leads him deep into the heart of a sinister criminal conspiracy, setting off a chain reaction that will threaten his new way of life.
“Levon’s Trade” has its origins in a book by Chuck Dixon.
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Who wrote the screenplay for Levon’s Trade?
Levon’s Trade has an even bigger name behind the script – and it marks the other reunion for Statham. Sylvester Stallone, who directed and starred in The Expendables series (now primarily directed by Statham), adapted the screenplay from Dixon’s book.
It’s a title Stallone has shown interest in before; The book is the first of eleven books in Levon Cade’s popular thriller series. Stallone’s Balboa Productions previously developed the project as a TV series.
Stallone has a long history as a screenwriter – he was nominated for an Oscar for 1976’s “Rocky” and most recently wrote the screenplay for “Rambo: Last Blood.”
Producer Bill Block, whose company BlockFilm is supporting the new film, said:
“I’m thrilled to be reuniting with some of my most talented and long-standing partners at Levon’s Trade. I worked with David Ayer for the first time on Fury and it was immediately clear that he was a director of the highest caliber. Jason and I have worked together on a number of films and most recently the three of us worked together on The Beekeeper. Levon’s Trade will be another spectacular action film and I am confident we have assembled the dream team to bring the first novel in this acclaimed series to the big screen.”
When will Levon’s Trade be in theaters?
Given that Levon’s Trade hasn’t even started filming yet (it’s set to begin in London in March next year) and the rights are up for sale on the AFM market this week, there isn’t one for the film yet Release date.
Meanwhile, “The Beekeeper” will be released on January 12th.