Parker Hits the Big Screen
While Richard Stark’s (aka Donald Westlake’s) Parker books have been adapted into almost half a dozen films, notably Point Blank and The Outfit, film producers have never been able to use the character’s actual name because no one wanted to make the whole Parker series, as Westlake wanted, only one book at a time. That will change this January with Parker, the new movie based on the book Firebreak. Starring Jason Statham as the bad ass heistman, it is planned to be the first in a series of films based on the books.
Their has been some debate about having a Parker with a British accent (watch him try to pass himself off as a Texan), but I’ll argue he brings the attitude. You can be the judge by looking at the trailer. If for some reason you haven’t read a Parker book, pick one up immediately, they are diamond hard with dialogue you can use to hammer a railroad tie.