Jason Statham is The Mechanic

Simon West is updating the 1972 Charles Bronson pic

Jason Statham is playing a hitman again – but this time, it’s one that Charles Bronson has played before him.

Statham has signed on to star in an update of The Mechanic, a 1972 thriller which found Bronson as a skilled, but emotionally distant contract killer who ends up training the son of one of his victims.

West will kick off shooting on the film this summer in Louisiana, with Nu Image/Millennium Films providing both the cash backing, and studio space in its custom-built new facility.

The director’s still best known for Con Air, though he last pumped out another remake, When A Stranger Calls.

And as for the role – a detached hitman? Sounds perfect for The Stath…

[Source: Variety]

Do you want to see Statham take on other Bronson roles? Or should he find his own material?