The remake stars Jason Statham as Arthur Bishop, who was once played by the legendary Charles Bronson, and also stars Ben Foster, Christa Campbell and Donald Sutherland. The film is directed by Simon West (Tomb Raider, Con Air) and was written by Richard Wenk and Lewis John Carlino. The Mechanic was produced by Irwin and David Winkler as well as Robert and William Chartoff.
Speaking with Hollywood.com the Producers stated that:
“We look forward to working with the CBS Films team on releasing this movie,” stated the elder 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.” CEO Baer added: “The right acquisitions have always been a part of our plan and in The Mechanic we have a strong intelligent action thriller.”
While it may have been a smart move, it is too bad their first good film couldn’t be an original one. Just in case you don’t know what else CBS has put out here is a little list for you. They are responsible for Extraordinary Measures, The Back-Up Plan and the upcoming Faster, starring Dwayne Johnson, and Beastly, starring Vanessa Hudgens.
The film is set to be released on Dec. 15, 2010.