The Transporter franchise, which gave Jason Statham all the fame, will be shooting the next iteration without him. It might be sad but that’s the bitter truth.
There won’t be more of those Jason moments, like stopping in the middle of the fight just to take off his suite because it came out of the dry cleaners.
EuropaCorp and Statham wanted to continue with more installments but they both could not agree on some of the terms. Statham wanted to read the script first and then sign the agreement for three more movies but the studios insisted on doing it the other way, reports Vulture.
“It was obviously a great experience doing those films, and I would have loved to keep doing it. But they wanted me to sign on and do three more films without even seeing a script, and they offered me less money to do three than I’d get paid for one! So it was a business decision. I would have loved to have done it, but you can’t really sign on without doing a script, and to sign on for three of them? And to get paid a pittance? I just couldn’t see the value in that.”
As a result, Statham walked away from Transporter and was replaced with Ed Skrein, Daario Naharis from Game of Thrones (He probably left GOT for the movie).
Statham also revealed that he nearly died in one of the stunts, which he was doing during Expendables 3. “Not on this movie, but on Expendables 3, I was driving a truck and the brakes failed, and I ended up at the bottom of the Black Sea. That was a close shave with death.”
Although Statham has left The Transporter but he has joined a much larger franchise The Fast and Furious. Furious 7 portrays him as the ultimate badass villain who is looking for vengeance.