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MECHANIC: RESURRECTION

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In the 2011 remake of the '70's genre classic, The Mechanic, audiences were reintroduced to the consummate assassin, tasked with reluctantly training a hothead protege while also trying to find the person responsible for killing his mentor. While there was an ample amount of action throughout, the film was more intimate and character-driven, a showcase as much for the acting chops of Charles Bronson four decades earlier and later Jason Statham, who put his own personal imprint on hit man Arthur Bishop.

The result, in both cases, was an unqualified success. For Bishop's follow-up adventure, Mechanic: Resurrection, the decision was made to broaden the scope of the series, taking its tough, ethical hit man "to the next level," as screenwriter Phillip Shelby offers. That meant a more expansive view of the sense of danger and a better understanding of who the mechanic is. "It was an opportunity to put Bishop on an international stage, to have him do far more dangerous and exotic stunts and put him in far more interesting situations."

According to the screenwriter, Statham's original portrayal gave Shelby the "voice of the character" as the Mechanic: Resurrection screenplay began to take shape. The challenge, therefore, was to "build that character and take him in a new and higher direction. Bishop is unique in the sense that while he lives in a violent world, he is still a man of honor. There is something about the knight errant in him, the man who has to be the hardest and toughest man so that justice can prevail," said Shelby.

Also, adding international flavor to the production was selecting award-winning German filmmaker Dennis Gansel to make his American directorial debut with Mechanic: Resurrection. Gansel had been in development with another project at NuImage/Millennium when he was offered a copy of the script to read. "Dennis is an up-and-coming European director," says executive producer Frank DeMartini. "Having seen his earlier work, we felt his intelligence and unique style would bring a new dimension to the action genre, as well as additional depth to the characters."

A fan of the first film, the director was immediately taken with the possibilities the sequel presented: a stronger look into what makes its lead anti-hero tick and lots more inventive action. "I think Bishop is a fascinating character" says Gansel. "I always saw in him elements of other action heroes including James Bond and Jason Bourne. And while I enjoyed the first Mechanic, I loved that this script offers more about the character's background. I thought it would be interesting to dig a little deeper and show the genesis of this man, where he came from, leading back to his childhood. Our story offers a lot of fresh elements you normally wouldn't see in an action film, which makes it more rich of an experience."

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