French director Luc Besson is set to reboot his hit action franchise The Transporter for a new series of prequels - without leading man Jason Statham.

Besson, who wrote and produced the first film in 2002 and its two follow-ups in 2005 and 2008, has revealed he is working on The Transporter 4, which will explore the origin story of Statham's driver-for-hire character Frank Martin and will therefore feature a younger actor in the Brit's place.

If the fourth movie is successful, the filmmaker plans on turning it into another trilogy.