Jason Statham has signed on to return as Arthur Bishop in a sequel to his 2011 action-thriller The Mechanic, with German filmmaker Dennis Gansel coming on board to direct.

It isn't known if the project has a screenwriter attached yet, but Nu Image is currently shopping the sequel to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin. The original movie, a remake of the 1972 film of the same name which starred Charles Bronson, follows Arthur Bishop, an assassin who lives by a strict code of conduct, and has a penchant for making his killings look like accidental deaths. It isn't clear yet if The Mechanic co-star Ben Foster or any other cast members will reprise their roles for the sequel.

Simon West directed The Mechanic, which took in nearly $30 million domestically and another $22 million in international markets. It is said that the genre nature of the sequel, and Jason Statham's global home video fan base makes the project potentially lucrative.

Dennis Gansel is best known for films such as Before the Fall, The Wave and We Are the Night.