Initially intended as a film followup to director Matthew Vaughn's "Layer Cake," “Viva La Madness” is headed to television with "Transporter" star Jason Statham slated to star. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gaumont International Television will produce the project, though no network is yet attached.
Announced in 2013, “Viva La Madness” will be adapted from the novel-of-the-same name by original author J.J. Connolly. The book (and presumably subsequent television series) picks up some time after the conclusion of “Layer Cake” and sees the series’ unnamed protagonist looking to retire but instead being pulled into the world of high-tech electronic fraud, money laundering and trans-Atlantic drug deals.
“'Viva La Madness,' with its riveting characters and twisting storyline, is a volatile cocktail of action and comedy that only J.J. Connolly can create,” said Gaumont International TV CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh said in a statement. “Jason Statham, known for his roles in the 'Transporter' trilogy... brings such strength and credibility to his characters but also has an effortless shade of vulnerability that gives him so much dimension on screen.”
Statham and Steven Chasman, who own the rights to the project, are attached as executive producers. Connolly will also executive produce in addition to penning the series.
Statham, who has been attached to the project since 2013, replaces “Layer Cake” star Daniel Craig in the lead role.