Duo 'Crank' it up -- again


Writer-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the team behind "Crank," will do it again for "Crank 2: High Voltage" for Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment. Lionsgate and Lakeshore also are partnering to distribute Neveldine and Taylor's thriller "Game."

Jason Statham will reprise his "Crank" role of hitman Chev Chelios in "Crank 2." In this story, Chev faces a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered artificial ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working. A chase begins through Los Angeles.

Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Skip Williamson and Richard Wright will produce.

"Game," starring Gerard Butler and Michael C. Hall in a thriller set in a dystopian future, begins principal photography Nov. 5 in Albuquerque.

The supporting cast includes Amber Valletta, Logan Lerman, Alison Lohman, John Leguizamo, Johnny Whitworth, Zoe Bell, Terry Crews and Kyra Sedgwick. Rosenberg, Lucchesi and Williamson will produce.

Lionsgate will handle North American distribution, while Lakeshore will handle the international distribution on each.

Lionsgate distributed Lakeshore's "Crank" in North America in 2006 and recently acquired Lakeshore's "Midnight Meat Train," from the novel by Clive Barker, scheduled for release next year2008.

Neveldine and Taylor are repped by WMA and attorney Patti Felker. Statham is repped by CAA.