CBS FILMS ACQUIRES "THE MECHANIC" FROM MILLENNIUM FILMS
Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff, David Winkler and William Chartoff Produced the Simon West-Directed Action Thriller Starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster
SANTA MONICA, CA-Aug. 9, 2010 - CBS Films today announced the acquisition from Millennium Films (The Expendables, Trespass) of The Mechanic, by director Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider). The Company has acquired the U.S. distribution rights for the film-which is produced by Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff (Oscar©-winners for Rocky, Goodfellas), David Winkler and William Chartoff-for a planned spring 2011 release. The film stars Jason Statham (The Expendables, The Bank Job), Ben Foster (3:10 To Yuma) and Donald Sutherland (The Italian Job); Richard Wenk and Lewis John Carlino wrote the screenplay.
A remake of the 1972 action thriller starring Charles Bronson, The Mechanic follows an elite hit man (Statham) as he teaches his trade to an apprentice (Foster) who has a connection to one of his previous victims. "We look forward to working with the CBS Films team on releasing this movie," stated Winkler and Chartoff, who also produced the original film. "CBS Films possesses a refreshing, constructive energy and we are excited with their game plan to bring this exhilarating film to audiences."
"We are very proud of The Mechanic and could not be more pleased to be working with CBS Films on this release," stated Millennium Films' Avi Lerner.
CBS Films President and Chief Executive Office Amy Baer commented, "The right acquisitions have always been a part of our plan and, in The Mechanic, we have a strong, intelligent action thriller."
About CBS Films
CBS Films is a division of CBS Corporation. CBS Films will release four to six movies a year, spanning all genres. For more information, log on to http://www.cbsfilms.com/.
About NU Image Millennium Films
Nu Image/Millennium Films is a full-service production company and distributor servicing the domestic and international markets. Nu Image/Millennium Films currently develop, finance, produce and distribute approximately 15 films a year at shooting locations around the world. Nu Image was founded in 1992 with partners Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort and Trevor Short. Originally dedicated to the action and thriller genres, Nu Image created Millennium Films in 1996 to address the market's growing need for theatrical quality films and higher-budget action features. The two divisions have together produced more than 230 films, including upcoming Nu Image/Millennium releases "The Expendables" (LGF), "Conan" (LGF) and "Drive Angry" (Summit), with past releases that include, "Solitary Man," "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," "Rambo," "Mad Money," "Righteous Kill" and "16 Blocks."
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