CBS Films has acquired US distribution rights for director Simon West’s (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) The Mechanic from Millennium Films. A remake of the 1972 action thriller starring Charles Bronson, The Mechanic follows an elite hit man (Jason Statham) as he teaches his trade to an apprentice (Ben Foster) who has a connection to one of his previous victims. The film was produced by Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff (Rocky, Goodfellas), David Winkler and William Chartoff and CBS Films is planning on releasing it next spring. Richard Wenk and Lewis John Carlino wrote the screenplay
Hit the jump for an image from the film and a few quotes from the press release:
“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.”