Jason Statham Stars As Donald Westlake's Parker In New Film Called... 'Parker'
Hey look, a movie where Jason Statham punches people. Must be Thursday!
I know this looks to be par for the course, but I'm actually interested in Statham's latest action flick, Parker. It's based on the character of the same name, created by Donald Westlake under the pseudonym Richard Stark. Parker was a hardboiled criminal who adhered to a strict moral code (he wouldn't harm or steal from innocent people), and was featured in 24 novels by Westlake.
The character has appeared on film twice before--in the 1967 film Point Blank with Lee Marvin, and in the 1999 Mel Gibson movie Payback. The character was renamed for both films (Walker and Porter, respectively). Both movies were adaptations of the first Parker novel, The Hunter. This one looks to follow the same story--Parker is left for dead by his criminal colleagues and seeks revenge.
I haven't read any of the Parker novels, but I have read Westlake's novels featuring John Dortmunder, another career criminal character. The Dortmunder books are more comedic, and apparently the opposite of the Stark/Parker books, but they're still great--funny and witty and fast-moving. The Hot Rock is easily one of my favorite books.
Plus, I have a soft spot in my heart for Statham. I can't help it. I just like the guy.
What do you think? Familiar with Westlake's work? Does that make you interested in seeing this movie?
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