Jason Statham is starring in director Simon West‘s remake of the Charles Bronson thriller The Mechanic. He’s got Ben Foster along for the ride, presumably taking over the role played by Jan-Michael Vincent in the original, and Donald Sutherland as well. Now there’s a sales trailer to show off what West is doing with the story of a killer (Statham) who takes on an apprentice (Foster). Check it out after the break. (Note that due to some brief skin, it is probably NSFW) Read More »
I haven’t had much reason to look forward to the upcoming remake of Charles Bronson’s The Mechanic. Sure, having Jason Statham in the lead role as a weary hit man seems like an easy sell, but you have to temper that with the fact that Simon West (Con-Air, Tomb Raider) is directing. I had relegated the project in my mind as yet another schlocky action fest that Statham was simply too good for—that is, until we learned that Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland will be joining the film. Foster will play an apprentice to Statham’s character, and Sutherland will portray Statham’s handler and Foster’s father.
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It’s rare that I look at a TV project and wish that it were a $100m theatrical production instead of a much smaller television affair. I like seeing what creative teams can do with ingenuity rather than money, so almost never think something should be more expensive. But I do wish the $25m television version of Moby Dick, currently shooting, had more cash to work with. Oceangoing stories look amazing on the big screen, and we get so few of them. Still, with the cast assembled for this version of Herman Melville’s novel, I’ll take what I can get. Read More »
We have a folder full of new production photos to show you from Mike Binder’s (The Upside of Anger) Reign Over Me. The new film stars Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle as two former college roommates who run into each other years later and rekindle their friendship. Charlie, who recently lost his wife and children in 9/11, has retreated from his life, while Alan is overwhelmed by his family and professional responsibilities. Their chance meeting becomes a lifeline for Charlie and Alan, both of whom are in need of a trusted friend at this pivotal moment in their lives.
The movie also stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows, Donald Sutherland and Mike Binder (yes, the guy who’s also directing — never a great sign).
Rated R for language and some sexual references, Reign Over Me (125 minutes) hits theaters on Friday, March 23rd 2007.
As always, left click on the images below to see a high res version.
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