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Coming off a big weekend win at the box office with 'The Grey,' director Joe Carnahan is already eying his next project. So what next does he want to sink his teeth into? Apparently Carnahan is taking on one of cinema's premier revenge flicks: 'Death Wish.' The original 1974 film, directed by Michael Winner, starred mustachioed titan Charles Bronson as a man who, after being pushed beyond his limits by an attack on his family, goes on a one-man killing spree, purging the scum of New York City with the help of a big ass gun. The remake, which five years ago was being considered as a Sylvester Stallone project, is now set to be written and directed by Carnahan for MGM and Paramount and will be produced by Scott Free (Ridley and Tony Scott's company). No production start date has been set.
I love the original 'Death Wish.' It is a gritty, dirty, bloody, and fully awesome product of the 70s. It numbers among my favorite exploitation films of all time and is the archetype for so many modern revenge films. A bit of trivia: it was the first film for a very young Jeff Goldblum. So of course, the knee-jerk reaction would be to be upset about the prospect of a remake. But frankly, I'm not angry about them wanting to remake 'Death Wish' so much as I am concerned as to what new angle they can take on what was a very bare-bones revenge story elevated by Winner's direction and Bronson's performance. How can they update 'Death Wish' without the result resembling any of the other innumerable revenge films of late? The one thing that does instill confidence as far as I'm concerned is that Carnahan is on board and, God willing, he will cast Liam Neeson in the lead; marking their third collaboration. I don't care how trite the screenplay turns out to be, if it means Neeson caps fools for 90 minutes, count me the hell in.
What do you guys think? Any fans of the original 'Death Wish' out there? Could a remake work?
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