By John Young
Updated April 22, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Jason Statham (Crank: High Voltage) is in talks to play Arthur Bishop in a “reinvention” of the 1972 action movie, The Mechanic, according to reports that his reps have confirmed to EW. In the original film, Charles Bronson played Bishop, a professional hit man who trains a young man to become his protege. Simon West (Con Air) is rumored to direct the new movie.