According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lions Gate Films and Lakeshore Entertainment are grabbing hold of Jason Statham's rising star. The two companies said Thursday that they will produce Crank -- starring Statham, the lead in Transporter 2.

Crank, which is set to begin principal photography in late October in Los Angeles, stars Statham as a hit man who goes on a one-day rampage after he discovers that he has been poisoned and must seek vengeance while trying to save himself and his girlfriend. The film is based on an original screenplay by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, both of whom will direct in their debut.