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.