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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.
Among many of the film, TV and independent projects I've followed up on, one stood out as something worth following in its early days as I had known of the folks working on its action for its director, Charlie Dennis. Fast forward three Winters later and we were introduced to the world of gritty martial arts short, Deep Pan Fury, with UK actor Andrew Koji, whose extensive TV and film acting and stunt credits include 2007 Muay Thai flick, Fighting Beat, Justin Lin's Furious 6 and as the voice of Hien in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.
Conclusively, I couldn't be more proud of Koji this week, and that brings us to the longstanding developments of Cinemax's upcoming ten-episode martial arts drama, Warrior which is set to go before cameras in South Africa on October 22. Netflix series Fauda helmer Assaf Bernstein is directing from a script by Banshee creator Jonathan Tropper, in turn inspired by the unproduced work of late martial artist multihyphenate, entertainer and fil…
Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme's peak success in the decade or so has been refreshing to observe. His acting and performances overall have turned solid and even a little more introspective to a degree, and his latest effort, Jean-Claude Van Johnson looks to echo that effort. Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars global martial arts and film sensation Jean-Claude Van Damme as “Jean-Claude Van Damme,” a global martial arts and film sensation…and, operating under the simple alias of ‘Johnson,” the most dangerous undercover operative in the world. Unhappily retired, he’s now whiling away his days in superficial Hollywood… until a chance encounter with a lost love lures him back into the game, eventually forcing him to confront the greatest enemy he’s ever faced: a Bulgarian drug cartel.
Just kidding it’s himself.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars Van Damme along with Kat Foster (Your Family or Mine), Moises Arias (The Middle), and Phylicia Rashad (Creed). The show is executive produced by Dave…
Recent events may have temporarily thrown actor Jon Bernthal's push for upcoming Netflix series, The Punisher, into a bit of a quiet spell. Surely, it isn't slowing down progress on other matters of film and we can thank the current run of reviews and press online since the Tribeca premiere of Jamie M. Dagg's new movie, Sweet Virginia. A mysterious stranger sends shockwaves through a close-knit community in this nerve-jangling slice of raw suspense. In the wake of a triple murder that leaves the residents of a remote Alaskan outpost on edge, tightly wound drifter Elwood (Christopher Abbott) checks into a motel run by Sam (Jon Bernthal), a former rodeo champion whose imposing physical presence conceals a troubled soul. Bound together by their outsider status, the two men strike up an uneasy friendship—a dangerous association that will set off a new wave of violence and unleash Sam’s darkest demons. Driven by tour de force performances from Christopher Abbott and Jon Berntha…