The partnership between Robert Downey Jr. and Shane Black has generated the delicious Kiss Kiss Bang Bang .


The misunderstood Iron Man 3 , so the idea of ​​a third collaboration can only be appreciated.

Empire has learned from the What I’m Hearing newsletter that the two will work together on a new adaptation of Parker , the famous character created by Donald E. Westlake , already brought to the big screen several times. There is no other information about it, but for Robert Downey Jr. it would be a nice change of tone after the stratospheric success of his Iron Man and the Dolittle flop .

For his part, Shane Black has the right humor – combined with some experience in action and noir – to transpose Parker ‘s adventures . We don’t know if the director will adapt a specific Westlake novel . However, the film will be made on behalf of Amazon Studios .


Parker is the protagonist of 24 of the 28 novels written by Westlake under the pseudonym of Richard Stark . Ruthless criminal, very professional and efficient, he has no qualities that could redeem him in the eyes of the reader, and in fact remains faithful to his lifestyle (no conversions, redemptions or employment for the government as a secret agent, in short). However, he follows a rather rigid code of ethics: he never plays a double game with those who work with him, nor does he betray them. But if they betray him , Parker doesn’t hesitate to brutally retaliate

Parker at the cinema

There are numerous adaptations of the Stark / Westlake novels , although Parker has not always been called such: in Payback (1999), for example, he is renamed Porter , and is played by Mel Gibson . In Without a Moment of Truce (1967) his name is Walker , and he lends his face to Lee Marvin . In The Outfit (1973) it is Robert Duvall who plays Earl Macklin , a character modeled on Parker . As you can imagine from the title, the name remains faithful to the original in the Parker conJason Statham , dated 2013.

Among the various transpositions, we also remember An American Story (1966) by Jean-Luc Godard , based however very loosely – and unofficially, given that the producer Georges de Beauregard had not finished paying the rights – on the novel Lost the Dead , Parker! .