Security writer Stuart Beattie confirms a long-held fan theory about Jason Statham’s character connecting that film and The transporter. Although Statham is now best known for roles in hit movies like Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw and the Megomany viewers will still associate the action star with his role as Frank Martin in The transporter franchisee. Released in 2002, Louis Leterrier’s The transporter has the character of Statham as a chauffeur/mercenary who strikes back at the criminals who hired him after a job goes wrong.
Released 2 years later, in 2004 Security shares little in common with The transporterat least on the surface. In the film, directed by Michael Mann, Jamie Foxx plays Max, a taxi driver who fights for his life after busting a hit man named Vincent, played by a gray-haired Tom Cruise. But before the action really starts, Security with a brief cameo from Statham, who passes a briefcase to Vincent and is credited as “Airport Man” in the credits. Although he was only seen for a few seconds in the film, Statham’s brief cameo cameo in Security sparked fan theories online, with many claiming that Statham appears in the film as his carrier character, Frank.
In a new interview with the Collateral Confessions podcast, Beattie confirms that Jason Statham does indeed play Frank Martin from The transporter in his short scenes in Security, meaning the two films are set in the same universe. Beattie confirms that he has spoken to Statham about the connection and says definitively: “Yes, it’s canon.However, the writer also jokes that this isn’t something the studio would ever admit. Check out Beattie’s full commentary below:
“Definitely Frank Martin from Transporter. I asked Jason about that… Yes, absolutely. Yes, it’s canon. Same world… the studio will never admit it, but in my head it definitely is.”
Will Jason Statham ever return to the transporter franchise?
After three outings as Frank, Statham left the carrier franchise in 2008. After an adaptation of a TV show that lasted only 2 seasons, starring Chris Vance as Frank, The Transporter: Fueled saw the role recast again with Ed Skrein in an attempted reboot in 2015. The film received mostly negative reviews from both audiences and critics and the franchise has been left essentially untouched ever since. In 2015, Statham opened up about why he never came back as Frank for additional movies, revealing that the studio wanted to lock him up for another movie. Ttransporter trilogy in 2013, but he turned down the offer because he wasn’t happy with the amount of money being offered.
While it’s been a popular theory for years, Beattie confirms that: Security takes place in the same universe as The transporter will certainly be a welcome development for many fans. Statham has been busy with the Fast & Furious franchise in recent years, in addition to a planned return in consumables 4but a return to the carrier franchise is still not necessarily off the table. With nearly 10 years having passed since negotiations for his return to the franchise failed, it is certainly possible that a new contract will be enough to bring Statham back to carrier universe.
Source: Collateral Confessions
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