"I'm gonna fight like a man and I'm gonna make you man up."
Experience your childhood fantasy of seeing all of your favorite he-man action heroes of yesteryear bashing brains, exchanging quips and blowing things up in one bombastic movie...again. man up! >> Posted 11.14.12 by BrentJS
British action director Simon West's new movie, The Expendables 2, opened nationwide today, but before he aimed his camera lens at Sly, Schwarz, Willis and the rest of the boys, West reunited with Nicolas Cage — who starred in West's very first movie, Con Air — on Stolen (formerly Medallion).
Cage stars as Will Montgomery, an accomplished bank robber who eventually gets caught and ends up spending eight years in prison. After being released, he goes to visit his daughter Alison (Sami Gayle), only to discover that she wants nothing to do with him. Alison may not want her dad in her life, but she needs him and his particular set of skills (apologies to Liam Neeson) when Will's old partner (Josh Lucas) kidnaps her and demands a $10 million ransom. When the cops won't help, Will is forced to do the only thing he can do to save his daughter — rob another bank. watch the trailer >> Posted 08.18.12 by BrentJS
Lionsgate has finally found a director for its upcoming The Expendables 2 in Simon West (Con Air), Deadline reports. West recently directed the remake of The Mechanic with Expendables star Jason Statham.
Sylvester Stallone co-wrote and directed the action star-filled, first Expendables, which was released last year and grossed $274 million worldwide. Stallone opted against directing the sequel and instead worked on the script with screenwriters Ken Kaufman (Space Cowboys) and David Agosto. What the sequel is about is unknown. A plot synopsis was released in May via the sequel's production company — which had the Expendables avenging the death of an old friend — but Stallone refuted the synopsis, announcing that the "real storyline will be forthcoming."
Those details could come to light soon now that West has been hired. Lionsgate has already set an August 17, 2012 release date for Expendables 2, and production is set to start this summer, meaning that plot details can't be far behind. Stallone and Statham are expected to return, and Jet Li, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren and the rest of the Expendables gang are likely to join. Posted 06.16.11 by Ryan
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
Donald Sutherland's role in the upcoming remake of The Mechanic won't be a lead role, but it will be a pivotal one, a habit Sutherland has created with roles in movies like JFK and The Italian Job, among others. In a webchat with Empire, Sutherland had another way to describe it: "My job is to go in and die, and I love it."
Sutherland's latest dying character is The Mechanic's Harry McKenna, the mentor of an elite assassin (Jason Statham) whose death is the catalyst for the partnership between Statham and Sutherland's son (Ben Foster). During the webchat, Sutherland called the experience of working on The Mechanic "blissful," and praised the movie's direction and performances, revealing that The Mechanic rises above the average action movie. what was so "blissful"? >> Posted 01.18.11 by Ryan
A new preview clip has been released online for director Simon West's (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) latest movie, The Mechanic, a remake of the 1972 movie that stared Charles Bronson. This action-packed new clip highlights the expertise of the title character, Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham), an elite assassin renowned for his "clean" kills and detachment from his craft. However, when his mentor, Harry (Donald Sutherland), is murdered, Bishop makes finding his friend's killers a personal vendetta. His mission becomes complicated when Harry's son, Steve (Ben Foster), approaches him asking to be taught the ways of an assassin so that he can get his own retribution against those who murdered his father. watch the new preview clip >> Posted 12.29.10 by BrentJS
ComingSoon has debuted a new trailer for The Mechanic from director Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider). A remake of 1972's The Mechanic starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent, the movie follows an assassin (Jason Statham) who takes on an apprentice (Ben Foster) to avenge the death of Statham's mentor (Donald Sutherland). A teaser trailer premiered in March while the movie looked for a distributor. CBS Films, who are looking to break into the action movie genre with the release of Faster later this month picked up The Mechanic.
A new poster for The Mechanic has also debuted, which uses guns to create a larger silhouette of a gun, which serves to remind audiences that the movie will feature guns. The Mechanic is scheduled to open on January 28. Watch the trailer >> Posted 11.16.10 by Ryan
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