Kevin Bacon has signed on to star in James Wan's Death Sentence, according to Production Weekly.
The film is an adaptation by screenwriter Ian Jeffers from author Brian Garfield's sequel to the novel Death Wish, which spawned the vigilante franchise starring Charles Bronson.
When John Hume's son is killed by a group of gang-bangers his life is torn apart. His one salve is that the killer was caught at the crime scene, but when the justice department offers up 6 months in prison as retribution, he knows there must be something better, something that will allow his family to move on. Surprising himself, he retracts his testimony as the lone witness, essentially killing the case, and begins to look for another means for justice. It comes to him in the form of violence, which simultaneously gives him the relief he's looking for and puts his family on a path towards death, as the rest of the gang comes looking for their revenge.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin in early September in New York.