Jason Statham and producer Steve Chasman have acquired the film rights to J.J. Connolly's novel "Viva La Madness".
'Viva' is Connolly's sequel to "Layer Cake," the book he wrote which became the 2004 Matthew Vaughn film which starred Daniel Craig as the nameless protagonist. Connolly is adapting the novel into a script with Statham to play the same character Craig did in 'Layer' .
Surviving his gunshot wound, the man is now looking to retire to a beach. Instead he becomes involved with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, high-tech electronic fraud, London lowlifes and Venezuelan drug cartels.
Statham and Chasman will produce for their SJ Pictures banner, the company's second film following the upcoming adaptation of William Goldman's "Heat".