Lionsgate nabs 'Transporter 3'

Jason Statham returns in the action sequel

Lionsgate has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to "Transporter 3."

In the film, Jason Statham returns as Frank Martin, the ex-Special Forces operative who specializes in high-risk deliveries.

Lionsgate will release the film, now in postpoduction, on Nov. 26. The title will be distributed in Canada by Maple Pictures, in which Lionsgate holds a stake.

Olivier Megaton directs from a script written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. The movie is produced by EuropaCorp, TF1 Films Prods., Grive Prods. and Apipoulai Production, in association with Current Entertainment. Besson produces for EuropaCorp.

Said Jason Constantine, Lionsgate's head of acquisitions and co-productions: "We are delighted to add another film in the exciting 'Transporter' action franchise to stand alongside such other iconic Lionsgate franchises as 'Saw,' Tyler Perry and 'The Punisher.' "

The first two films in the "Transporter" series were distributed in North America by Fox.