CBS Films Picks Up ‘The Mechanic’ With Jason Statham

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 10th, 2010 at 1:28 pm,

Jason Statham The Mechanic Header CBS Films Picks Up The Mechanic With Jason Statham

CBS Films has acquired the US distribution rights to The Mechanic, a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson action film about a hitman training his young protege in the fine art of killing. The film stars Jason Statham, who can be seen next in the testosterone-fueled The Expendables, Ben Foster (X3), and Donald Sutherland. Simon West (Con Air) directed the film.

Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff (the Academy Award-winning team behind Rocky and Goodfellas) and their sons David Winkler and William Chartoff produced the movie.

Check below for an image of Statham and Foster in action. Click the image for a high-res version.

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Remaking films from the 1970s and 1980s has become something of a crutch for Hollywood producers. It seems like if they don’t have an original idea, they just flip through their DVD collection until they find something to remake. There are catches though; The original movie can’t be so beloved that people will be mad when they remake it, but it also can’t be so terrible that people will dismiss it outright.

The Mechanic is an example of a perfectly safe Hollywood remake. People love Charles Bronson and enjoy the original movie, but not to the point where they will refuse to see Jason Statham in the role. Besides, it’s an action movie. As long as stuff blows up, there will be a solid audience.

On the plus side, judging from the first trailer, The Mechanic has the chance to also be a good remake. While not the world’s greatest thespian, Jason Statham has proven himself to be a quality leading man and legitimate action star. Ben Foster has worked in action movies previously, but has also shown impressive range in films like last year’s excellent drama The Messenger. Together, the pair should do well.

Source: CBS Films Press Release

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  1. Oh. I am SO looking forward to this!! Statham and Foster in the same movie.. AND Donald Sutherland.. AND Simon West (Con Air) is Directing! They got me in the seat opening day just because of the names attached to it!

    Foster is by far one of my favorite actors. The intensity he has portrayed in some of the films he has made is incredible. Alpha Dog, Hostage and 3:10 to Yuma are some that come to mind right away.

    Statham is self-explanatory. He kicked ass in The Transporter movies, The Italian Job, The One, the Crank movies and I’ll even throw Ghosts of Mars in there, because he is the only one that made that movie even remotely close to worth watching haha. And I can’t wait to see The Expendables!

    As for Donald Sutherland and Simon West. I loved Con Air and Sutherland is and always has been a great actor (Animal House comes in mind first because I just watched it haha)!

    Can’t wait!

    • Sin, I am am 99% with you on all points.

      I do have a HUGE grip with you though. You thought the only watchable part of Ghosts of Mars was Statham? Did you miss Natasha Henstridge being in the movie? One of the most beautiful women EVER. Unless you’re a girl, then I can understand.

      • Haha I’m not a girl, but that movie was just horrendous on most accounts. You do have a point though. She is gorgeous.

        • I agree it was a bad movie, but I’ve rewatched it a few weeks ago and for me it has entered “so bad it’s good” category. I’ve never seen Natasha before this and my jaw was on the floor every time she was on screen.

  2. Foster is terrible, this remake is terrible. i would rather see statham reteam with guy ritchie.

    • Foster is terrible = opinion. Most people think he’s one of the best up and coming actors today.

      This remake is terrible = you haven’t seen it. No one has.

      I don’t want to see Ritchie with Statham unless Ritchie goes back to his roots. He is giving off a “sell out” vibe lately. Sherlock Holmes was a pretty crappy movie and the whole time I was thinking “the guy who gave us Snatch and Lock,Stock directed this?”

      • actually i HAVE seen it, its called the original with BRONSON, and no !$@# thats its my opinion. wtf says i like sherlock holmes? i would also much rather see Guy sticking to what he knows, Rock’N Rolla, Snatch, Lock, Stock…ALL great movies…Revolver was so-so.

  3. and, i’ll laugh hysterically when its a failed PG-13 remake

  4. You know Hollywood’s totally dead when I have to come out and ask them to rip off concepts, steal characters/ideas, call it something else,,,! Just to be original…

    This is another pathetic remake that no body really needs, and takes time out from something original.