Robert Downey Jr. reunites with Shane Black for Parker movies

Robert Downey Jr. is reuniting with his Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black for an ambitious new franchise based on the Parker novels by Donald E. Westlake for Amazon Studios.

Downey Jr., 56, and Black, 60, will be developing both movies and TV shows based on the Parker books, which Westlake wrote under the pen name Richard Stark.

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Reunited: Robert Downey Jr. is reuniting with his Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black for an ambitious new franchise based on the Parker crime novels by Donald E. Westlake for Amazon Studios

Director: Downey Jr., 56, fast and furious 9 free movie watch onlinefast and furious 9 free movie watch online Black, 60, will be developing both movies and TV shows based on the Parker books, which Westlake wrote under the pen name Richard Stark

It’s unclear which of the Parker books this new project Play Dirty will be based on, since that’s not the title of any of the 24 Parker novels Westlake wrote between 1962 and 2008, the year Westlake died at 75 years of age.

Parker has been described as a professional their with a ‘brutal, mercenary work ethic.’

Jason Statham previously played the title character in the 2013 film Parker, based on the 2000 novel Flashfire.

Flashfire: Jason Statham previously played the title character in the 2013 film Parker, based on the 2000 novel Flashfire

Flashfire: Jason Statham previously played the title character in the 2013 film Parker, based on the 2000 novel Flashfire

The 1999 Mel Gibson movie Payback was based on the first Parker novel, 1962’s The Hunter, though Gibson’s character was changed to be called Porter. 

No other casting has been revealed aside from Downey Jr., though Black will direct from a script he co-wrote with Charles Mondry and Anthony Bagarozzi (The Nice Guys).

Both Downey and Black will also reunite with Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang producer Joel Silver, who is producing through his Silver Pictures banner.

Hunter: The 1999 Mel Gibson movie Payback was based on the first Parker novel, 1962's The Hunter, though Gibson's character was changed to be called Porter

Hunter: The 1999 Mel Gibson movie Payback was based on the first Parker novel, 1962’s The Hunter, though Gibson’s character was changed to be called Porter

Downey Jr.’s wife Susan Downey will also produce through their Team Downey production company with Marc Toberoff. Ezra Emanuel co-producing. 

No production schedule was revealed at this time, and it remains to be seen what other novels will be mined under this new agreement.

Downey hasn’t been seen on the big screen since 2020’s Dolittle, with All-Star Weekend from director Jamie Foxx in post-production.

Big screen: Downey hasn't been seen on the big screen since 2020's Dolittle, with All-Star Weekend from director Jamie Foxx in post-production

Big screen: Downey hasn’t been seen on the big screen since 2020’s Dolittle, with All-Star Weekend from director Jamie Foxx in post-production

He is currently filming Oppenheimer for director Christopher Nolan, alongside Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt and Matt Damon.

Downey Jr. has also signed on to star in The Sympathizer, following, ‘a half-French, half-Vietnamese man who served as a spy for Communist forces during the Vietnam War.’

Black most recently directed 2018’s The Predator, 2016’s The Nice Guys and the pilot for Fox’s Lethal Weapon TV series. 

Director: Black most recently directed 2018's The Predator, 2016's The Nice Guys and the pilot for Fox's Lethal Weapon TV series

Director: Black most recently directed 2018’s The Predator, 2016’s The Nice Guys and the pilot for Fox’s Lethal Weapon TV series