How Statham is Like the Kevin Smith of Action Movies
Stick with me here: Jason Statham, I believe, is like the Kevin Smith of action movies. You either love him or you hate him. He’s got a rabid, passionate fanbase that will see anything he’s in, but it’s also limited. His movies tend to top out on the $30 - $35 million range (unless he’s part of an ensemble), but they also double their box-office grosses on DVD. He also appeals to a very specific audience, though I couldn’t tell you who that audience is comprised of — aside from a few writers on this site, I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone who is a huge Statham fan. And to be honest, I’m not sure I’d want to. All I’m saying is this: If Kevin Smith and Jason Statham made a movie together, they could combine their audiences and have a $60 million hit on their hands. Jay and Statham Fuck a Guy with a Shotgun.
Where am I going with this? Oh yeah. Despite the less than mediocre performance of Crank High Voltage (which performed even worse than Smith’s latest, Zack and MIri), Statham clearly isn’t hard up for parts. He’s got four projects in the works (and lucky for him, three of them are ensembles, including a sequel to The Italian Job). The fourth: He’s just signed on to The Mechanic, which is a remake of a Charles Bronson flick. It’s about an older hitman who takes a younger hitman under his wing. Presumably, they hitman stuff together.
The Mechanic will be directed by Simon West, who is responsible for a whole lotta shit, including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, When a Stranger Calls, and The General’s Daugther. iMDB also says that he was the director of Con Air, but I absolutely refuse to believe that Michael Bay didn’t direct Con Air.