It’s been five years since The Transporter 3, the last time we saw the fastidiously punctual and frequently shirtless driver-for-hire Frank Martin on movie screens. The film left viewers with so many questions—like “Is Olivier Megaton’ the director’s real name?” and “They actually made three of these?”—that another sequel was basically inevitable. Sure enough, The Hollywood Reporter says a fourth Transporter is now being developed by producer Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp, who’ve already banked $250 million worldwide off the franchise.
The series’ main claim to fame is its star, Jason Statham, who used the films to carve out a successful niche as the last decade’s go-to star for gritty B-level thrillers about balding men with fabulous abs. But Besson will need to transport in some new talent for Transporter 4, because Statham will not return as Frank Martin. Instead, according to THR, the film will tell “Martin’s origin story.” Have you ever wondered how Frank Martin got his driver’s license? Now this shocking tale will finally be revealed!
Instead of making a Transporter prequel, Statham will make a Mechanic sequel. THR also reports that German director Dennis Gansel is in talks to direct Statham in The Mechanic 2, the continuation of the 2011 thriller, which was itself a remake of a 1972 Charles Bronson vehicle. No one has been cast as young Frank Martin yet, but whoever wins the part should get very used to wearing crisp black suits (and then taking them off in fight scenes); if Transporter 4 is a hit, Besson wants to make Transporter 5 and 6 as well.