Director Simon West's last move was 2006's When a Stranger Calls, a remake of the 1979 horror classic. West is dipping into the 1970's again with his latest movie, The Mechanic, which is a remake of a 1972 action movie that starred Charles Bronson as a hitman who takes on an apprentice (Jan-Michael Vincent).
Fans of the original movie probably find a remake to be sacrosanct, but West told CraveOnline that his version was based entirely on the original's screenplay after producer Irwin Winkler brought West on board the project. Con Air 2? >> Posted 01.26.11 by Ryan
Great hit men aren't born, they're trained. Or rebooted. Or both, as is the case with this week's The Mechanic, a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson movie with the same title. When you're done watching super-assassin Jason Statham putting newbie Ben Foster through his paces in the The Mechanic¸ we recommend looking back to 1994, when a dizzyingly precocious Natalie Portman entered Jean Reno's training program in The Professional, a movie that's currently playing on Encore. Get schooled by these two assassin movies >> Posted 01.26.11 by reelz
A teaser trailer for a remake of The Mechanic has arrived online. The 1972 original followed a hit man (Charles Bronson) who takes on an apprentice (Jan-Michael Vincent) and both learn about vengeance. The remake, with Jason Statham in the Bronson role and Ben Foster in the Vincent role, looks like it will be staying faithful to the original story, yet currently has no distributor. With the bankable Statham in the lead, is there any reason for this?
Could it be director Simon West, whose Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider are mentioned in the trailer as if they're selling points? Might as well mention When a Stranger Calls too! From the trailer below, the movie looks like the usual high-octane action Statham has delivered in the past, so see for yourself if the "West-factor" is actually a factor whatsoever. Posted 03.19.10 by Ryan