21 January 2013 10:50 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Academy Award winner Taylor Hackford tackles the action genre with aplomb and enthusiasm in Parker, a noirish crime thriller based on the novel Flashfire by Richard Stark, aka Donald E. Westlake, the prolific best-selling crime writer.  Hackford directs the slick heist flick starring Jason Statham from a riveting screen adaptation by John McLaughlin filled with non-stop action and thrills.  Parker opens on January 25th and also features Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Nick Nolte, Clifton Collins, Wendell Pierce and Micah Hauptman. At the film’s recent press day, Hackford talked about directing his first genre movie based on the characters and storyline inspired by Westlake, his strategy of casting from the center out, collaborating with Statham on the amazing action sequences, the challenges of shooting on location and making it work on a tight budget, teaming up with composer David Buckley to develop the terrific score, and what he’s working on next. »

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