CBS Films Picks Up Jason Statham's Remake of 'The Mechanic'
by Alex Billington
August 9, 2010
In March we featured a badass promo trailer for a hitman movie starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster called The Mechanic. I'm happy to report today that fairly young distributor CBS Films has acquired The Mechanic for a US release, as it was originally produced by Millennium Films. A remake of the 1972 action thriller starring Charles Bronson, The Mechanic follows an elite hit man (Statham) as he teaches his trade to an apprentice (Foster) who has a connection to one of his previous victims. A twist! "We look forward to working with the CBS Films team on releasing this movie," said producers David Winkler & Robert Chartoff.
"We are very proud of The Mechanic and could not be more pleased to be working with CBS Films on this release," stated Millennium Films' Avi Lerner. From that promo trailer, I thought this looked pretty great, and I'm looking forward to its release, as I already want to see it. CBS Films sent us a new photo (as seen below) to debut, so make sure to check that out. The Mechanic was directed by Simon West (Con Air, The General's Daughter, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Purple Mountain) and written by Richard Wenk and Lewis John Carlino. CBS Films will be bringing this to theaters in Spring 2011, so stay tuned for more updates.