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.
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
Statham and Foster as hitman? YES PLEASE! hope this gonna be a good remake.
Xerxex on Aug 9, 2010
the only thing i dont like is cbc films...would have been better off with lionsgate
Spider94 on Aug 9, 2010
Fosters been awesome in what Ive seen him in, granted thats only 3:10 to yuma, hes got a good screen presence....and seriously can ya hate on the Stat?
Cody w on Aug 9, 2010
Hey Cody w if you ever get a chance check out "Bang, Bang You're Dead" a film version of a Stage Play, he shines in the role of troubled youth who threatened to shoot up his school. He was great in Pandorum as well, and the only good thing in Hostage.
Xerxex on Aug 9, 2010
He brought 30 Days of Night to a new level too.
peloquin on Aug 9, 2010
Not bad at all. I sure hope it ROCKS. CBS could also use a hit! 🙂
Spider on Aug 9, 2010
You know what, this is exactly right for a remake. The original was an excellent, but real rare film that is hardly seen. Cast is right. You know what, this is really good news on the remake front for once.
goudos on Aug 9, 2010
Xerx, sweet thx you just named 3 movies I havent seen.
Cody w on Aug 10, 2010
I think you're guaranteed to like B.B.Y.D. Cody.
Xerxex on Aug 10, 2010
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