Parker

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Parker is a 2013 American crime thriller film directed by Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman,Against All Odds, Ray) Starring Jason Statham (The Italian JobThe TransporterDeath Race,CrankThe Bank JobWarThe Expendables, and The Expendables 2) and Jennifer Lopez (Selena,Out of Sight,The Wedding Planner) the film is adapted from Flashfire, the 19th Parker novel, written by Donald Westlake under the name Richard Stark.

Prior to this film, Parker had first appeared decades earlier in the 1962 novel The Hunter, written by Donald E. Westlake, which spawned into a book series that included over twenty other novels.[9] He had also been depicted in several films including Point Blank(1967) and Payback (1999), among others.[9] Despite these films, Westlake always refused to let any of them use the character's name, saying he'd only allow that if they'd agree to adapt all the novels. In 2008, following Westlake's death, his wife Abby, having been contacted by Les Alexander, a television producer who was a longtime acquaintance of Westlake's, agreed to sell the rights to one Parker novel (including the right to use Parker's name), with the option of several more being adapted later if the first film was successful. Alexander hired a friend of his named John McLaughlin to write the screenplay for Parker, and then director Taylor Hackford became involved.

According to executive producer Nick MeyerParker was produced on a "mid-30s" budget range, which he described as "pretty good", "given the caliber of the movie". The Times-Picayune's Mike Scott reported on June 23, 2011 that Parker would film inNew Orleans for seven weeks starting July 18. Scott noted that filming in New Orleans was "good news" for the local film industry because it came "at a time that has historically seen a slowdown in major productions, due both to the oppressive heat and the arrival of hurricane season." Playbill later confirmed that production for the film had begun on August 4, 2011, in New Orleans. Filming briefly moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana from August 5–9.