Jason Statham will star in a sequel to his 2011 film The Mechanic in 2016 titled Mechanic: Resurrection. The film has already begun production with some very high-profile co-stars.
Summit will release the next installment in the Millennium Films action franchise on January 22, 2016. Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Alba and Michelle Yeoh have joined Jason Statham in the sequel to 2011’s The Mechanic. Dennis Gansel is directing Mechanic: Resurrection, which follows the “hit-man Arthur Bishop (Statham) as he struggles to complete a list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.” Principal photography already started last week in Bangkok, Thailand.
Looks like Statham has found another franchise for him to flaunt. Already making several sequels such as Crank: High Voltage, The Expendables II and III, The Transporter 2 and 3, and of course, next spring’s Furious 7. The guy is certainly busy.
The first film, The Mechanic, focused on Statham as Arthur Bishop, an elite assassin with a strict code and an ability to make kills look like accidents. When Bishop’s mentor is killed, he took on his son (Ben Foster) as an apprentice and set out for revenge. The sequel will reportedly be about Statham’s character having to come out of living the quiet life (after faking his own death at the end of the first film … oh… SPOILER ALERT). Given that this is a sequel to a decent B-actioner, we aren’t expecting something too original in the way of plot.
Of course, there wouldn’t have been a Mechanic movie starring Jason Statham at all without the original from 1972 starring one of the most exuberantly cool actors of all time, Charles Bronson. Statham’s Mechanic was able to continue as a franchise because they altered the ending of the original (Bronson’s character is, in fact, killed, but still gets to take out his ex-partner via car explosion… SPOIL – forget it). It’s telling of how much action films have changed in the last forty years when studio execs are simply looking for the largest profit potential of any given film with mass-appeal. Then again, Bronson did make five Death Wish movies, the first of which was directed by The Mechanic‘s (1972) Michael Winner.
Check out the trailers for The Mechanic (Or Killer Of Killers) from 1972 and the trailer for the 2011 remake:
Looking at the cast, you have quality actors joining in on the fun, much like the first film which sported a decent cast in the way of supporting actors like Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland. It would be great if Tommy Lee Jones landed the villain role as he can certainly play both lethargic and quiet or manic and over-the-top (i.e. Batman Forever). As for the rest of the cast, we’ll have to wait for more details to be confirmed.
Looking forward to a sequel to The Mechanic or is this a sequel that just didn’t need to be made?
Images: Millennium Films