Elite is based on Ranulph Fiennes' (yes, one of the Fiennes) book The Feather Men, a nonfiction account of an underground group of vigilante killers who provide protection and justice for former members of the SAS. Apparently, SAS soldiers were being targeted by a former sheik from Oman, and the Feather Men (named for their light touch) sought to eradicate his band of contract killers. As intriguing as the real story sounds, it sounds as though Elite will only be loosely inspired by Fiennes' account. It centers on British special forces who are being targeted by assassins, but plunks Statham in as a Navy Seal who is forced out of retirement in order to save his closest friend.
In other words, it's like nearly every Statham movie ever made. But you know what? I'm cool with that. To borrow a phrase from Katherine Hepburn, he's like a baked potato, and you know exactly what you're going to get with him. I like knowing he has a full pre-production slate of guns, deadly squints, and ripped-abs. Movies like that are what weekends were invented for.