Clive Owen Joins Jason Statham in The Killer Elite
03.15.10 by BJSprecher
Director Gary McKendry's The Killer Elite has added the star power of Clive Owen to the Jason Statham-starring action thriller. A loose adaptation of Sir Ranulph Fiennes' novel The Feather Men, the movie centers around an ex-Navy Seal (Statham) who comes out of retirement to save his friend (Owen), a former British Special Forces (SAS) officer who is being targeted by assassins.
The Feather Men novel, a #1 bestseller in England, was controversial for Fiennes' assertion that it was based on actual events. In the novel, "the Feather Men," named as such for their "light touch," are a group of highly-skilled and organized vigilantes who dole out justice whenever the police and justice system are unable to. The Feather Men spring into action when a former sheikh of Oman hires "the Clinic," a group of assassins, to terminate the SAS members that he feels are responsible for the death of his four sons.
The Killer Elite was originally scheduled to go into production last fall, but was put on hold. There is no official start date for the movie, but it is expected to shoot this year in Australia.