After languishing in development for several years, Paramount and MGM's long-awaited Death Wish remake is finally moving forward. Deadline reports that Bruce Willis has signed on to star, with Israeli filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves) coming aboard to direct. Paramount and MGM will distribute the remake, which hopes to get production started this summer.
The original 1974 Death Wish starred Charles Bronson as an ordinary man who becomes a dangerous vigilante after his wife is killed by street thugs, who also raped his daughter. Joe Carnahan was initially attached to direct, and he also wrote a draft of the screenplay, before he dropped out of the project back in 2013. The filmmaker left the project over a casting dispute, since both Paramount and MGM wanted to cast Bruce Willis, but the director wanted to go in a different direction.
We reported in 2012 that Joe Carnahan wanted to cast Russell Crowe as the main character Paul Kersey, played by Charles Bronson in the original classic, with Frank Grillo eyed to play Paul's brother, a character who wasn't featured in the original movie. Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala) entered talks to direct the remake back in 2013, but that was the last we heard of the project until now. After Joe Carnahan parted ways with the project, the script was later worked on by Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) and Graham Yost (Justified).
The project is said to stick closer to the original Brian Garfield novel than the first movie. It isn't known if directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado will also work on the script, or if Paramount and MGM will bring on new writers. The filmmakers made their directorial debuts with Rabies, which they followed up with the 2014 cult classic Big Bad Wolves.
Bruce Willis is attached to star in Die Hard Year One, a prequel to the iconic franchise where he will appear in present-day scenes that will bookend the movie. The actor recently starred in Rock the Kasbah and Extraction, and he will next be seen in Wake and Marauders. What do you think about Bruce Willis starring in a remake of Death Wish?