“Viva La Madness” was previously confirmed for production in 2013, with Statham buying over the rights to the movie. However, not much about the film have been heard since then and many fans assumed that the movie has been dropped.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Statham confirmed that the movie is still in production.
J.J. Connolly’s written a great book called “Viva La Madness”, and we’re taking that book and doing something great with it. He’s such a talented writer. The book was incredible. I loved “Layer Cake” and this is, if anything, better. The chance to work with someone of that caliber, to do something back home, it’s the most exciting thing on my plate. We’re doing it next year, and it’s full steam ahead. We’re putting all the (financing) together, and we’re off and racing.
“Viva La Madness” is the sequel to 2004’s “Layer Cake”, a crime thriller film that centres on the social stratification of the British criminal underworld.
Both films are adapted from the novels of the same name, which are written by J. J. Connolly.
The first movie was directed by Matthew Vaughn, starring Daniel Craig in the titular role as an unnamed cocaine dealer, who is only known as XXXX. Craig will not be returning for the sequel as Statham would be taking over the role instead.
Statham will also be producing the movie based on a script written by Connolly himself, but it is unsure who will be chosen to helm the movie. The actor and his manager/producing partner Steve Chasman have reportedly prioritised the production of the movie and if all goes well, production will start by the time “Furious 7” finish its run in cinemas.
Statham has starred in 3 action films so far this year, namely “Wild Card”, “Furious 7”, and “Spy”.
His latest outing in Paul Feig‘s “Spy” has him playing a badass but slightly lunatic secret agent. “Spy” was released on 21st May and is currently showing in cinemas nationwide.