Jason Statham to reprise Burt Reynolds' role

Simon West has come on board to direct the “Heat” remake starring Jason Statham, who will reprise the role originally played by Burt Reynolds in the 1986 action drama.

Steven Chasman will produce for SJ Pictures alongside Statham with Quad Films a co-producer on the film. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales, which began at Berlin.

Shooting will start in February. The script is a modernized version of the original, which was written by William Goldman and based on his novel.

Story centers on a compulsive gambler has led him to the streets of Vegas, where he takes odd jobs providing “security” to support his addiction. His professional and personal lives collide when his friend is brutally beaten forcing him to take on the mob.

Statham will next be seen in “Parker” from Sierra/Affinity and Incentive Filmed Entertainment with a Jan. 25 opening. West’s directing credits include “The Expendables 2.”

Sierra/Affinity has sold “Heat” for the Benelux to Source Investments, China to Star Alliance, Hong Kong to PT Parkit, Indonesia to PT Amero Mitra, Japan to Klockworx, South Africa to Ster Kinekor, South Korea to Fine Pictures, Switzerland to Ascot Elite and UK to Lionsgate.

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