Cannes 2011: Jason Statham's Killer Elite heading to the US

Distribtution deal for SAS action thriller

The Killer Elite has been picked up for US distribution by newly-minted Open Road,  who are staking their worth on the action thriller, which stars Jason Statham, Robert DeNiro and Clive Owen.

Seems like a pretty safe bet to us.

The Killer Elite follows Statham's highly-trained special-ops soldier as he comes out of self-imposed exile to help rescue his former mentor, played by DeNiro.

To succeed he has to infiltrate the British Special Air Service -- facing off against a covert group of ex-SAS soldiers known as "The Feather Men," (stifled laughter) led by Clive Owen.

The film takes place in Australia, Paris, Wales, London, Dubai and Oman and is inspired by true events, used by Ranulph Fiennes in his novel "The Feather Men."

A trailer should be arriving soon (expect it early summer), and as usual we'll keep you posted.

The Killer Elite? Or kill me please? Let us know!