Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp is going ahead with a reboot of its hit Transporter franchise, greenlighting the first — Transporter 4 — and laying plans for two follow-ups. Transporter 4 will be co-produced with Mark Gao‘s Shanghai-based Fundamental Films. If it performs as expected, Transporter 5 and Transporter 6 will be set up as official Chinese co-productions to get easier access to China’s booming box office.
Jason Statham, who played the iconic driver Frank Martin in the first three Transporter films, will not reprise his role for the new movies, which will focus on Martin’s origin story. EuropaCorp is shopping the reboot to international buyers at the European Film Market.
Fundamental Films and EuropaCorp have a multiyear output deal that stipulates Fundamental will release at least 15 EuropaCorp films in China and that Fundamental will co-produce at least three of those.
The first three films in the Transporter film franchise grossed some $250 million worldwide. Transporter has also been spun off as a TV series starring Chris Vance. The first season aired on Cinemax in 2011. Season two has been picked up by TNT and will premiere in the fall of 2014.
Borys Kit contributed to this report.