Stuart Ford’s IM Global will be playing it “Safe,” fully financing the $30 million action thriller directed by Boaz Yakin (“Remember the Titans”) and starring Jason Statham.

Shooting begins this week in Pennsylvania and New York City. Story centers on a former elite agent who encounters and rescues a 12-year-old Chinese girl who’s been abducted; they then find themselves in the middle of a standoff between Triads, the Russian Mafia and high-level corrupt New York City politicians and police.

Project’s the first feature fully financed by Ford’s 3-year-old IM Global. Banner’s production arm Automatik Entertainment is producing along with Lawrence Bender Prods. and Trigger Street Prods.

Ford, the former Miramax Intl. head, first established IM Global as a sales agent. The company’s now comprised of IM Global Opus for mainstream, commercial cinema; IM Global Acclaim for arthouse and specialty titles; IM Global Anthem for non-English-language cinema; IM Global Octane for modestly budgeted, branded genre pics; and IM Global Apsara, a rights acquisition and distribution vehicle that serves the Asian markets.

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Four of its films had world preems at the Toronto Film Festival: “Everything Must Go”; “Insidious,” from “Saw” director James Wan; Brad Anderson’s “Vanishing on 7th Street”; and “Bunraku.” Upcoming releases include John Wells’ “The Company Men,” with Ben Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones; “Skyline”; and John Cusack thriller “The Factory.”

IM Global is in production on Halle Berry starrer “Dark Tide,” Barry Levinson’s “The Bay” and Madonna’s second directorial effort, “W.E.” It’s going into production in November on “Dredd,” which IM Global is co-financing with parent company Reliance Big Entertainment.