The book deals with the aftermath of the Oman civil war and the role played by the British SAS. In the book, an Omani Sheikh supposedly orchestrates a series of secret revenge assassinations of SAS soldiers who had been involved with the death of his son during the war. The ex-SAS boys then defend themselves.
And now it seems it will be made into a movie! Cool.
Most people in the UK have no idea about the rather nasty shooting war their country played a key role in during the Sultan's struggle to unify the country in the 70s.
Statham is a relatively big star these days, and the action movie will probably be the first time millions will learn of the Sultanate.
Unfortunately it looks like the desert scenes will be filmed in Australia rather than here.
Come on Oman!
Talk to the producers and get some of the filming done here. Maybe that way you can make sure Oman gets a good tourist boost out of it, as well as some work for struggling Omani thespians...
Jason Statham joins 'The Killer Elite'
Friday, May 15 2009, 13:08 BST
By Alex Fletcher, Senior Entertainment Reporter
Jason Statham has signed up to star in $40 million action thriller The Killer Elite, reports Variety.
The project, which is based on Ranulph Fiennes's novel The Featherman, will be directed by Everything In This Country Must's Gary McKendry.
Fiennes's book, based on real events, tells the story of former British special forces members who are being hunted down by assassins called The Clinic on the orders of the ex-Shah of Oman.
Statham will play an ex-Navy Seal who comes out of retirement to save a close friend.
Shooting is expected to begin in London, Paris and Australia in the autumn.