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Big Bad Wolves directors set to helm Death Wish with Bruce Willis

03.04.2016

Paramount and MGM are finally getting their wish... their DEATH WISH, that is.

After being in development for the last few years, the new take on Brian Garfield's vigilante novel that was already adapted for the big screen in the 70s as a Charlies Bronson franchise is going somewhere. BIG BAD WOLVES filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are being lined up to direct the movie, which would see Bruce Willis in the lead as Paul Kersey in a version that is believed to skew closer to the source material than the oiginal 1974 film did.

A new DEATH WISH was originally conceived by Joe Carnahan, with that script apparently still serving as the baseline now, with additiional work being done by Dan Gilroy and Graham Yost. (Who know what the project looks like at this point?) However, Carnahan wanted someone a bit more subtle in the Kersey role, an average guy in many ways who'd have to be broken by the vicious attack perpetrated upon his wife and daughter. When the studios pushed for someone more like Willis, turning the project into more of an action-type flick, Carnahan felt he had no choice but to walk and DEATH WISH has been lying around ever since.

It's easy to look at the prospects of this, given Willis' recent filmography, and say this all sounds like a bad idea. Trust me... I'm doing it right now. One would have to hope that Keshales and Papushado have it in them to really gab hold of the material and turn out that no-nonsense version of DEATH WISH that had people interested at one point in time for this to turn out okay, but it's Willis who is really the sticking point as he's shown time and time again that he won't always allow himself to be directed and sometimes will just do whatever he wants to do. If that's the case here, DEATH WISH will be D.O.A.

Source: Deadline

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2:35PM on 03/06/2016
This would be better suited for someone like Russell Crowe, Viggo Mortensen, or even Clooney. Known badasses who still give a shit and are in their fifties like Bronson was when he first did Death Wish. Bruce gave up a long time ago and is 60 now.
This would be better suited for someone like Russell Crowe, Viggo Mortensen, or even Clooney. Known badasses who still give a shit and are in their fifties like Bronson was when he first did Death Wish. Bruce gave up a long time ago and is 60 now.
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5:52PM on 03/06/2016
Viggo would be good.
Viggo would be good.
12:09PM on 03/05/2016
If they focus on the character instead of just his bodycount, it might push Willis to actually show he can still act. But the man is close to the least exciting actor they could've cast in this movie, even though once upon a time he would've been the ideal choice.
If they focus on the character instead of just his bodycount, it might push Willis to actually show he can still act. But the man is close to the least exciting actor they could've cast in this movie, even though once upon a time he would've been the ideal choice.
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11:11AM on 03/05/2016

I'm on the fense here.

I'm a huge fan of the first two Death wish movies. Part of what made those films so awesome was Charles Bronson. He's a very average unassuming, and caring guy, and there's a sadness to him that adds so much to the character. Bruce Willis has too much of a macho badass look to him. I wish they would cast someone who looks harmless like Bronson but is a closet badass when his family gets messed with. I think most men with families can relate that better.
I'm a huge fan of the first two Death wish movies. Part of what made those films so awesome was Charles Bronson. He's a very average unassuming, and caring guy, and there's a sadness to him that adds so much to the character. Bruce Willis has too much of a macho badass look to him. I wish they would cast someone who looks harmless like Bronson but is a closet badass when his family gets messed with. I think most men with families can relate that better.
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12:06PM on 03/05/2016
Bronson looked harmless? I mean he played a bit of a bleeding-heart in the movie, but he was already established as a badass.
Bronson looked harmless? I mean he played a bit of a bleeding-heart in the movie, but he was already established as a badass.
10:16AM on 03/05/2016
"Bruce Willis in the lead as Paul Kersey" - oh, I can't wait for him to emotionally sleepwalk his way through his on-screen wife's rape. FFS.
"Bruce Willis in the lead as Paul Kersey" - oh, I can't wait for him to emotionally sleepwalk his way through his on-screen wife's rape. FFS.
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2:16AM on 03/05/2016
Had me with Big Bad Wolves, lost me with Bruce Willis. The guy is painful to watch nowadays. Want to see "Death Wish" done right? Just watch "Harry Brown".
Had me with Big Bad Wolves, lost me with Bruce Willis. The guy is painful to watch nowadays. Want to see "Death Wish" done right? Just watch "Harry Brown".
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10:58PM on 03/04/2016
Carnahan had it right, which is why the OG die hard is so great. Well one of the reasons
Carnahan had it right, which is why the OG die hard is so great. Well one of the reasons
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6:36PM on 03/04/2016

Dude, how is this a bad idea?

You have an Oscar nominated screenwriter (for Nightcrawler) handling the final script, a pair of acclaimed young filmmakers getting their big break, and Bruce Willis cast in the exact kind of role he thrives in. If they're going to reboot this series, this sounds like the perfect way to do it.
You have an Oscar nominated screenwriter (for Nightcrawler) handling the final script, a pair of acclaimed young filmmakers getting their big break, and Bruce Willis cast in the exact kind of role he thrives in. If they're going to reboot this series, this sounds like the perfect way to do it.
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7:42PM on 03/04/2016
The bad part is Willis. I love Willis but the past few years he has become lazy and you can see this in the films he works on. He has also stated previously he's sick of doing action films which this clearly is. Bet is he's showing up for the money and will unfortunately put little to no effort in. To be honest he should just retire, enjoy his cash and family time and leave a little bit of his legacy intact. (Which can be said for a few actors now including De Niro)
The bad part is Willis. I love Willis but the past few years he has become lazy and you can see this in the films he works on. He has also stated previously he's sick of doing action films which this clearly is. Bet is he's showing up for the money and will unfortunately put little to no effort in. To be honest he should just retire, enjoy his cash and family time and leave a little bit of his legacy intact. (Which can be said for a few actors now including De Niro)
9:51PM on 03/04/2016
Well let's see here:

- Remake of classic movie that's more or less been ripped off countless times already? Check
- Movie was previously dumped by Joe Carnahan, and then Joe more less or said "fuck you" to MGM Studios for meddling with his vision, via email? Check
- Directed by promising foreign talent but has no prior experience in Hollywood, and will most likely be chewed and spat out by studio execs to fit their vision and demands? Check
- Starring Bruce "I Don't Give a Shit About my
Well let's see here:

- Remake of classic movie that's more or less been ripped off countless times already? Check
- Movie was previously dumped by Joe Carnahan, and then Joe more less or said "fuck you" to MGM Studios for meddling with his vision, via email? Check
- Directed by promising foreign talent but has no prior experience in Hollywood, and will most likely be chewed and spat out by studio execs to fit their vision and demands? Check
- Starring Bruce "I Don't Give a Shit About my Career Anymore" Willis? Check

Yep, don't see how this could go wrong
6:14PM on 03/04/2016
Not watching. The original is good enough for me.
Not watching. The original is good enough for me.
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5:18PM on 03/04/2016
Bruce Willis doing another action movie? Color me shocked. :P
Bruce Willis doing another action movie? Color me shocked. :P
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4:23PM on 03/04/2016
Good luck. You can't outdo Charles Bronson. This will likely be pure shit.
Good luck. You can't outdo Charles Bronson. This will likely be pure shit.
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