German director Dennis Gansel (The Fourth State, The Wave, Before the Fall) is in talks to direct a sequel to The Mechanic, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Jason Statham will reprise the role of Arthur Bishop, an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. The first film was directed by Simon West and co-starred Ben Foster, though it's unclear if Foster will return.
The trade says that Nu Image is shopping the project to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin.
The Mechanic, which was made for about $40 million, earned $51 million at the worldwide box office.