Toronto: Guy Ritchie's 'Five Eyes' With Jason Statham Pre-Sells to Germany's Leonine

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STXinternational is handling worldwide rights to the Miramax movie, which is expected to start shooting in Europe in November.

German major Leonine has snatched up the rights for Germany to Guy Ritchie's Miramax spy thriller Five Eyes, starring Jason Statham, during the Toronto Film Festival's virtual market.

The pre-sale deal was reached with STXinternational, which is handling worldwide rights to the movie, which is expected to start shooting in Europe in November. STXfilms will distribute it directly in the U.S., UK, and Ireland.

Statham will play Orson Fortune, a MI6 guns-and-steel agent recruited by the Five Eyes global intelligence alliance, which consists of the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, to track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology.

Ritchie and Statham previously worked together on Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. And Ritchie and Miramax collaborated on The Gentlemen and the upcoming Wrath of Man.

Ritchie will direct and produce Five Eyes from a screenplay written by Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies (The Gentlemen, Wrath of Man), with revisions by Ritchie. Atkinson will also produce, with Bill Block producing for Miramax, which is also fully financing the project.

In unveiling the deal, Leonine lauded Statham as "one of the most successful action actors today" and Ritchie as "a master of the gangster genre."