Jason Statham has confirmed that a sequel to Matthew Vaugh’s 2004 British gangster film “Layer Cake” is in the work.
Statham is producing and star in an adaptation of author JJ Connolly’s follow-up novel “Viva La Madness,” taking over the role that Daniel Craig played in the first and was said to be the part that helped him nab the role of James Bond. Statham said to Digital Spy this week:
“JJ Connelly’s written a great book called Viva La Madness, and we’re taking that book and doing something great with it. He’s such a talented writer… the book was incredible. I loved Layer Cake and this is [if anything] better. The chance to work with someone of that calibre, do something back home, it’s the most exciting thing on my plate… We’re doing it next year, and it’s full steam ahead. We’re putting all the finance together, and we’re off and racing.”
The first film followed an unnamed mid-level cocaine dealer (Craig) in London who makes plans to step away from the criminal life. Before he can cut ties, his supplier draws him into a complicated pair of jobs involving kidnapping the daughter of a rival gangster, and brokering the purchase of a large shipment of ecstasy pills. Tom Hardy, Sienna Miller, Ben Whishaw, Michael Gambon and Colm Meaney starred.
Connolly is adapting the sequel’s script from his own novel, which is set more than a decade after ‘Layer’ and follows the unnamed protagonist as he returns to London. His friend Mister Mortimer soon attempts to drag him back into the criminal world.