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Gerardo Naranjo will replace Joe Carnahan as director of the Death Wish remake

03.22.2013

After losing Joe Carnahan from their remake of DEATH WISH, MGM was on the lookout for a talented filmmaker who could fill his shoes. As rumors swirled that Carnahan was courting Brad Pitt, Will Smith, and Bruce Willis to take over the lead role associated with Charles Bronson, no one expected the name Gerardo Naranjo to be the new choice behind the camera. In fact, many of you are probably asking who the hell is Gerardo Naranjo?

Naranjo has directed mainly films in his native Mexico, including the critical success MISS BALA. He has also been working on an adaptation of the Charles Martin novel THE MOUNTAINS BETWEEN US. One look at the MISS BALA trailer and you can see why MGM thinks he would be a good fit for DEATH WISH. Both films share a dark and gritty crime element to them and his camera style is similar to that of Carnahan, albeit less stylized.

The original 1974 DEATH WISH told the story of Paul Kersey, a New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.

I was very excited for Carnahan to take this project because I could imagine what his movie would look like. Depending on who MGM gets to star in the Naranjo version of the remake, I will remain cautiously optimistic.

Source: Variety

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8:00PM on 03/22/2013
Death Wish needs to an older actor play the part...someone in their mid to late 50's at least. Why? cause Paul Kersey was an older man and an under dog of sorts. If you put a younger actor. then it becomes another genric action revenge movie!
Death Wish needs to an older actor play the part...someone in their mid to late 50's at least. Why? cause Paul Kersey was an older man and an under dog of sorts. If you put a younger actor. then it becomes another genric action revenge movie!
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6:24PM on 03/22/2013
Didnt read the article but glad to see joe lo truglio is going to star in death wish
Didnt read the article but glad to see joe lo truglio is going to star in death wish
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4:38PM on 03/22/2013
Heard good things about Miss Bala, but I'm even more skeptical about this project. Let's face it, the more probable reason they hired him was due to his inexperience with the dealings of Hollywood. That makes him more studio-controllable. Joe Carnahan has obviously been around the block a couple of times, and he wasn't going to play ball with the studio's requests which is why he left. Same thing happened with Robocop. Wasn't Darren Aronofsky was attached to it at some point? Now the guy who
Heard good things about Miss Bala, but I'm even more skeptical about this project. Let's face it, the more probable reason they hired him was due to his inexperience with the dealings of Hollywood. That makes him more studio-controllable. Joe Carnahan has obviously been around the block a couple of times, and he wasn't going to play ball with the studio's requests which is why he left. Same thing happened with Robocop. Wasn't Darren Aronofsky was attached to it at some point? Now the guy who did the Elite Troop movies is doing it.
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6:24PM on 03/22/2013
there may be something to that, but i can all-but-guarantee the ultimate reason they hired him (and the reason they hired jose padilha for robocop) was money. these guys come way cheaper than big name directors. do they also bring a different look to these otherwise run-of-the-mill studio movies? sure. but they cost a lot less. and mgm has been in cost-cutting mode for a while now, so they find a lesser-known director with some action chops, and snap him up.

darren aronofsky was on
there may be something to that, but i can all-but-guarantee the ultimate reason they hired him (and the reason they hired jose padilha for robocop) was money. these guys come way cheaper than big name directors. do they also bring a different look to these otherwise run-of-the-mill studio movies? sure. but they cost a lot less. and mgm has been in cost-cutting mode for a while now, so they find a lesser-known director with some action chops, and snap him up.

darren aronofsky was on robocop back when mary parent was running production at mgm. then came the bankruptcy, she left, the spyglass guys took over...aronofsky wasn't going to wait around for 5, 6 years to get robocop made.
4:00PM on 03/22/2013
Miss Bala: 8/10. Highly recommended, a great, gritty Mexican film, with a seriously sexy lead actress to boot.
Miss Bala: 8/10. Highly recommended, a great, gritty Mexican film, with a seriously sexy lead actress to boot.
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3:29PM on 03/22/2013
I would like to see Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman, or Thomas Jane get the role.
I would like to see Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman, or Thomas Jane get the role.
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3:00PM on 03/22/2013
He looks like Bronson so that's cool. I'm down with this. Baka solid and gritty
He looks like Bronson so that's cool. I'm down with this. Baka solid and gritty
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3:01PM on 03/22/2013
Bala dammit
Bala dammit
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