Jason Statham to Star in Remake of The Mechanic?
Jason Statham is a badass, we all know that, but when he stars in movies like Crank: High Voltage, you start wondering what's next. How can this guy ever top anything he did in that movie? Sure, he's got Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables coming up, which will probably be the only movie that will ever match the level of badassery found within Crank, but what else? Production Weekly is reporting (via twitter) that Statham may star in a "reinvention" of the 1972 Charles Bronson action classic The Mechanic. Apparently Simon West of Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and When a Stranger Calls, is in talks to direct.
The Mechanic, directed by Michael Winner, stars Charles Bronson as an aging hitman who normally works alone but in his old age befriends a young man who becomes his apprentice. Together they become an unmatchable team of globetrotting killers until the pupil's ruthlessness puts him on a collision course with his teacher. It's a great movie and all, but as always, do we need to see another action classic reinvented like this? I mean, just look at two other action classics that have been remade recently - Assault on Precinct 13 and Death Wish. Neither of those remakes turned out that great, so why would this be any different?
Of course I'm forgetting that if Jason Statham is involved, this may be pretty badass in the end. But I also fear it may become the next Bangkok Dangerous, since that's how most cheesy hitmen movies turn out these days. We'll let you know how it develops and when or if they cast anyone else in this. Stay tuned!