About The Production
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
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."
Home | Theaters | Video | TV
Your Comments and Suggestions are Always Welcome.
© 2018 29®, All Rights Reserved.