Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Remake as a life function: THE MECHANIC
Back in 1972, Charles Bronson introduced the movie going public to Arthur Bishop, AKA THE MECHANIC, a dangerous hitman put in the odd position of training a young protege to continue his work, not realizing that his student was soon about to teach him a very dangerous lesson... But then again, what could Bishop expect training the son of one of his victims?
It appears that Hollywood is prepared to do it again as Jason Statham, hot off the heels of CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE, has signed on in the title role of Bronson's famous hitman. Simon West, who gave us the infamous CON AIR and the recent remake, WHEN A STRANGER CALLS (which Hollywood could've kept to themselves), will start lensing the remake in Shreveport, LA. this summer near the currently constructed Nu Image/Millenium studio complex.
Seeing as how West and Statham have the greenlight to shoot a remake, it should be interesting to note that this project hasn't derailed (so far) ANOTHER MECHANIC project currently being developed by 'Mr. Expendable' himself: SYLVESTER STALLONE.
Heh... To Hollywood, the term 'remake' isn't even a word--- it's a life function.