Jason Statham to play Bronson role in remake

Simon West will direct Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff’s update of “The Mechanic.”

Winkler and Chartoff produced the 1972 original, in which Charles Bronson played a highly skilled — and massively detached — hitman who finds himself training the son of one of his victims. Jason Statham is taking the Bronson role in the remake.

Pre-rights to the project were being sold at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

West, who last directed a remake of “When a Stranger Calls,” will begin lensing this summer in Shreveport, La., where Nu Image/Millennium is building a studio.

William Chartoff and David Winkler are exec producing along with Nu Image/Millennium’s Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and Avi Lerner. Karl Gajdusek penned the script.

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