Toronto: Jason Staham, Guy Ritchie Reteam for Spy Thriller 'Five Eyes'

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STXfilms will shop the Miramax action pic to buyers at the virtual TIFF market.

Miramax is re-teaming with director Guy Ritchie for the spy action thriller Five Eyes, to star Jason Statham.

STXfilms has nabbed the worldwide distribution rights to the pic and will start shopping Five Eyes to buyers at the virtual Toronto Film Festival market. The feature will see Statham play Orson Fortune, a MI6 guns-and-steel agent recruited by global intelligence alliance ‘Five Eyes’ to track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology that threatens to disrupt the world order.

Ritchie and Jason earlier worked together on Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Production on the globe-trotting thriller Five Eyes will start in Europe in Oct. 2020.

Ritchie and Miramax are getting back together after collaborations 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.

STX will distribute directly in the U.S., UK, and Ireland, and STXinternational will handle world sales elsewhere. STXfilms saw Ritchie’s The Gentlemen gross $115 million at the worldwide box office.

Five Eyes will be produced by Bill Block for Miramax, which is also fully financing the film. CAA Media Finance brokered the US, UK, and Ireland distribution deals.

“We’re excited to be reunited with the STX team, as well as Ritchie and Statham whose undeniable chemistry, philosophy and talent will surely attract a massive appeal from audiences worldwide," Miramax CEO Block said in a statement.

Statham’s deal was negotiated by Patrick Knapp of Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher. Ritchie was represented on the deal by CAA and attorney Matt Saver.