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Exclusive: UTA has signed British helmer Simon West and his producing partner Jib Polhemus. West is in post-production on Wild Card, William Goldman’s adaptation of his book that stars Jason Statham and Sofia Vergara, with Sierra/Affinity financing. This comes after West directed The Mechanic with Statham and Ben Foster, and The Expendables 2, with Statham and Sly Stallone leading the macho ensemble. West left Resolution, and became in play after the recent exits of Martin Spencer and Adam Kanter. West also directed Con Air, The General’s Daughter, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He was exec producer on Black Hawk Down, and is re-teaming with that writer, Ken Nolan, to direct the adaptation of the David Zucchino book Thunder Run. West also works in TV, producing Fox’s Keen Eddie, CBS’s Close to Home, Fox’s Human Target and NBC’s The Cape. West and Polhemus continue »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Action star Jason Statham is set to reprise his role as Arthur Bishop in The Mechanic 2. The character is an "elite assassin with a talent for cleanly killing targets, often making it look like an accidental death and with a strict code of conduct."
THR is also reporting that German director Dennis Gansel (The Wave) is in talks to direct it. I'm not really that familiar with his work. The first film came from Expendables 2 director Simon West and co-starred Ben Foster. Foster is unlikely to reprise his role, because (Spoiler!) he died in the first one.
I liked the first movie. I didn't think it was a film we'd see a sequel to, but as long as they are making it I might as well watch it. »
- Joey Paur
Hot off the news that The Transporter is set to be rebooted by Luc Besson, minus a Jason Statham, we’re hearing via The Hollywood Reporter that the Stath will return for a sequel to one of his other, slightly less seen films.c
The Mechanic, released in 2011, was actually a loose remake of a Charles Bronson movie, and only took just above $50 million in box-office receipts around the world from a $40 million budget. That has not stopped Nu Image shopping around a proposed sequel to the film over in Berlin this week.
Rumour is that Dennis Gansel (The Fourth State) is all set to direct the film with Statham returning as assassin Arthur Bishop.
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- Paul Heath
It isn't known if the project has a screenwriter attached yet, but Nu Image is currently shopping the sequel to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin. The original movie, a remake of the 1972 film of the same name which starred Charles Bronson, follows Arthur Bishop, an assassin who lives by a strict code of conduct, and has a penchant for making his killings look like accidental deaths. It isn't clear yet if The Mechanic co-star Ben Foster or any other cast members will reprise their roles for the sequel.
German director Dennis Gansel ( The Fourth State , The Wave , Before the Fall ) is in talks to direct a sequel to The Mechanic , says The Hollywood Reporter . Jason Statham will reprise the role of Arthur Bishop, an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. The first film was directed by Simon West and co-starred Ben Foster, though it's unclear if Foster will return. The trade says that Nu Image is shopping the project to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin. The Mechanic , which was made for about $40 million, earned $51 million at the worldwide box office. »
THR report that the director is in negotiations with Nu Image, who are shopping the action sequel to international buyers at the European Film Market.
Jason Statham is reprising his role as Arthur Bishop, the eponymous elite assassin with a talent for clean kills, often made to look like accidental deaths, and a strict code of conduct.
No word yet if Ben Foster will be reprising his role for the upcoming sequel, but Statham’s involvement alone will no doubt be enough to continue the success of the franchise.
Remaking the 1972 film of the same name, Simon West’s The Mechanic netted just over $50m. around the world, with its home entertainment release sure to have tipped the scales very nicely in the black, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Jason Statham’s 2010 action-thriller The Mechanic was a throwaway hitman thriller that was a lot more fun and a lot less po-faced than it first appeared. It had a terrific poster, a bit where Stath stuck on some Schubert (not even at gunpoint) and more double-crossing than a stack of hot cross buns. Simon West handled that one and now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the monkey wrench is being passing to versatile German director Dennis Gansel for a sequel that will see Statham back in action as ronin-like hitman – or ‘mechanic’ – Arthur Bishop.Gansel is a filmmaker who Hollywood has been trying to get its claws into for some time now. Back in 2008 he got good notices for The Wave, a pungent social satire about a teacher who establishes a dictatorship in his classroom, and terrorist thriller The Fourth State followed four years later and also impressed. The Mechanic »
There is nothing in cinema more reliable than Jason Statham - which is a nice way of saying the action star makes the same movie over and over again. But who cares as long as it.s full of clear, concise, well-shot R-rated action? Statham doesn.t fool around with the formula, which is what made 2011.s The Mechanic so enjoyable for his hardcore fans, and so inoffensively skippable to those who have grown tired of the formula. This was Statham.s first collaboration with director Simon West (Con Air), with West getting along so well with Statham and the producers at Nu Image that he was recruited afterwards for The Expendables 2. The Mechanic, where Statham played a covert assassin, wasn.t even one of Statham.s most successful films - it didn.t crack $30 million domestically, and overseas it collected only $21 million - but, still, it was apparently »
8 items from 2014
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