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MECHANIC: RESURRECTION Awakens With Its First Still From Dennis Gansel's Sequel
Don't write off actor Jason Statham just yet. He may not be "transporting" anymore, but the 2011 release of Simon West's adaptation of Michael Winner's 1972 Charles Bronson action classic, The Mechanic, boasted high marks of its own at the box office for a worthy sequel as of late 2014, which still very much makes this one prospective of its own success.
Said sequel now comes in the form of Summit Entertainment's Mechanic: Resurrection, having recently undergone extensive reshoots in the last several months. As such, with a release of date reset from this past January to August 26, 2016, the first image can be seen below. (H/T ComingSoon.net).
Dennis Gansel directs from a script by Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher, Rachel Long and Brian Pittman. Featuring action sequences by J.J. Perry (The Expendables 3) and Allan Poppleton (Allan Poppleton), the new film sees Statham returning as master assassin Arthur Bishop following the events of the first film. Having thought to have moved on with his new life, he's now forced to take out a list of the world's most dangerous men in order to resuce the woman he loves from captivity.
Statham is joined by Jessica Alba in the photo while actress Michelle Yeoh and actor Tommy Lee Jones also star.
EXCLUSIVE: In the months since its evolution, the highly anticipated action thriller, Triple Threat (formely Makeshift Squad) has been a bookmark for many an Asian cinema fan looking to see just how this particular "Asian-Expendables" kind of movie this will bring about. The prospects have been good, too, and notably in the wake of its casting additions including headliners Tiger Chen (Man Of Tai Chi), Tony Jaa (Furious Seven) and Iko Uwais (Headshot), and particularly with 87eleven's own Chad Stahelski (John Wick: Chapter 2) behind the action scenes.
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
John Stockwell's Kickboxer: Vengeance is now available wherever movies are sold in the U.S. and Canada with other screenings pending. It's a film that otherwise garners caution for fans as a rebooted fanfare that nonetheless has actor and martial artist Alain Moussi leading the action vehicle next to the star of its original iteration, actor Jean-Claude Van Damme.