Bruce Willis has been attached to a Death Wish remake for the last few years. In fact, it was Willis’ signing to the film that caused director Joe Carnahan to leave the project because he felt that audiences would already buy Willis as a vigilante tough guy before he seeks revenge on the criminals who attacked his wife and daughter.
Carnahan is a director who brings a lot of machismo to his movies (Narc and The Grey are great), so his direction will be missed but he should be great directing the recently announced Bad Boys 3. However, Death Wish will now be brought to the screen by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, the Israeli directors behind the wonderful Big Bad Wolves.
The original Death Wish (released in 1974) was based on the novel by Brian Garfield. It was directed by Michael Winner and it starred Charles Bronson. The success of the film led to four sequels.
Bruce Willis could be great in this. He has the acting chops and the hard-man credentials – but he needs to be engaged to make this work. Come on Bruce – you know you can do it.