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While Jason Statham searches for an appropriate action vehicle in China, one of his former franchises drives on without him.

The Transporter Legacy, starring Ed Skrein (pictured), will motor into North American theaters on March 6, 2015, according to Variety. It will be the first release from EuropaCorp USA, a new distribution entity formed earlier this year. Camille Delamarre, who helmed Brick Mansions, the English-language remake of 2004's Banlieue 13, is directing the new installment in the series.

Skrein also has roles in the upcoming action flicks Northmen: A Viking Saga and Tiger House, so we'll see if The Transporter Legacy can give his career a boost in a similar manner to how Statham's career was boosted by his lead performance in The Transporter back in 2002. The new film also features Loan Chabanal, Radivoje Bukvic, Gabriella Wright, Anatole Taubman and Tatiana Pajkovic.

EuropaCorp maestro Luc Besson's latest action picture, Lucy, has already made close to $80 million in the U.S., against a production budget reported to be somewhere between $40 million (per Box Office Mojo) and $100 million (per Variety). The three installments in the Transporter series have made some $240 million in total worldwide, with production budgets reportedly totaling less than $100 million.

The company plans to make The Transporter Legacy the first in a new trilogy, presumably a low-budget cash cow that can get revenue flowing as the USA division focuses on English-language action pictures, while also allowing for the possibility of non-action movies on its slate as well.

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