Jason Statham and Ben Foster’s remake of “The Mechanic” surfaced with an International trailer around March of this year, but the film itself is still sitting on a shelf somewhere waiting for distribution. Not anymore. CBS Films announces that they’ve acquired distribution rights to the Simon West-directed film, which is a redo of the 1972 hitman movie starring Charles Bronson as a wily veteran hitman and Jan-Michael Vincent as his apprentice. In the new version, Statham plays the Bronson role, with Foster playing the Vincent character.
CBS Films today announced the acquisition from Millennium Films (The Expendables, Trespass) of The Mechanic, by director Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider). The Company has acquired the US distribution rights for the film—which is produced by Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff (Oscar©-winners for Rocky, Goodfellas), David Winkler and William Chartoff—for a planned Spring 2011 release. The film stars Jason Statham (The Expendables, The Bank Job), Ben Foster (3:10 To Yuma) and Donald Sutherland (The Italian Job), Richard Wenk and Lewis John Carlino wrote the screenplay.
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. “We look forward to working with the CBS Films team on releasing this movie,” stated Winkler and Chartoff who also produced the original film. “CBS Films possesses a refreshing, constructive energy and we are excited with their game plan to bring this exhilarating film to audiences.”
“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.
CBS Films President and Chief Executive Office Amy Baer commented, “The right acquisitions have always been a part of our plan and in The Mechanic we have a strong intelligent action thriller.”
You’ll be able to call “The Mechanic” in the Spring of 2011, or thereabouts.
Here’s the International trailer (iffy quality and all) that was released back in March: