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CBS Films Acquires Statham Actioner The Mechanic

CBS Films Acquires Statham Actioner The Mechanic

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Adding testosterone to its upcoming line-up, CBS Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Jason Statham actioner The Mechanic from Avi Lerner’s Millenium Films (The Expendables). CBS plans a spring opening after the George Tillman, Jr. revenge thriller Faster, starring Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton and Carla Gugino (November), and writer-director Daniel Barnz’s Beastly, based on Alex Flinn’s Beauty and the Beast-inspired novel, starring Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer annd Mary-Kate Olsen (March 2011).

Produced by Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and their sons David Winkler and William Chartoff, this update of the 1972 Charles Bronson actioner was directed by Simon West (Con Air) and adapted by Richard Wenk and Lewis John Carlino. Statham plays a hit man who trains Ben Foster as his apprentice. Donald Sutherland co-stars.

According to CBS Films President and CEO Amy Baer, “the right acquisitions have always been a part of our plan and in The Mechanic we have a strong intelligent action thriller.”

So far CBS Films has released two box-office disappointments: heart-tugger Extraordinary Measures, starring Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser and romantic comedy The Back-Up Plan, starring Jennifer Lopez.

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The problem is that the orginal Mechanic was actually a somber character study with very little action and even then it only comes during the last 15 minutes of the film. Judguing from the trailer of the remake it’s all slam blam action. Not a bad thing in itself though…

And I want to take back what I said about The Expendables now that I’ve seen the film. Love it! Love it! LOOOOOOOVEEEEEEEE IT! Took me back to 1985. The only thing missing was a “Produced by Joel Silver” credit. Shooting, fighting, killing and lots of explosions. God, it feels SO good to see a GUY’S MOVIE again!


Statham doing Bronson. It’s about time. I’m there! There’s hope for mid-range genre films yet.

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