David Ayer has been set to direct the Miramax movie ‘The Beekeeper’ which Jason Statham will lead.

The action-thriller is steeped in the mythology of beekeeping and follows a man’s personal journey of vengeance which takes on national stakes after he is revealed to be a former operative of a powerful and clandestine organization known as the ‘Beekeepers’.

Statham and Kurt Wimmer are set to produce with Bill Block for Miramax and Chris Long for Cedar Park Studios.

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Miramax is banking on this package will become a franchise.

Bill Block said: “Having collaborated with Jason on Wrath Of Man and Operation Fortune, and with David on Fury, we are fortunate to partner with these masters of the new action genre to bring Kurt’s brilliant script to the first instalment of this franchise.”

Statham’s upcoming films include ‘Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre,’ due out later this year. Action stalwart Statham has ‘Meg 2: The Trench’ and ‘The Expendables 4’ in production.

Ayer is best known for directing movies including ‘End Of Watch,’ ‘Fury,’ ‘Bright’ and ‘Suicide Squad.’