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Joe Carnahan drops out of Death Wish remake

Feb. 22, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Joe Carnahan was on to direct the remake of DEATH WISH, but now...not so much.

This seems like the perfect fit, then how did it all go so terribly wrong? Apparently, Paramount-MGM and Carnahan didn't agree on the lead, which was originated by Charles Bronson. It's said the studios wanted Bruce Willis and Carnahan didn't see that vision.

Hmmmm...I wonder how many people actually say, "I don't want Bruce Willis." I wonder how many of those people live to see another die. OR DIE ANOTHER DAY. Sorry, had to. Who could Carnahan have had in mind for the part? And was he also looking at a different image for the story? Did the studio want a gritty blockbuster and the director wanted something a little more low-key? Yeah, more questions than answers with this one. Maybe Carnahan will come out and let us know what happened.

Don't cry for him though, he's got other stuff going on like taking over for Tony Scott on the NARCO SUB flick. If you're wondering what that movie is about, just take the title as is.

Looks like Paramount-MGM are on the hunt for another action director.

Source: Deadline

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3:07PM on 02/23/2013

Correct decision

The whole story is how a guy becomes a badass. Where is the tension if your actor has been playing a badass for 25 years? Good for Joe.
The whole story is how a guy becomes a badass. Where is the tension if your actor has been playing a badass for 25 years? Good for Joe.
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5:24PM on 02/23/2013
I see what your point is but don't agree. Charles Bronson was in the original and he was pretty much a badass since he emerged from his mothers womb.
I see what your point is but don't agree. Charles Bronson was in the original and he was pretty much a badass since he emerged from his mothers womb.
3:51PM on 02/24/2013
It's a testament to Bronson's acting that I could buy him as an everyman for the first part.
It's a testament to Bronson's acting that I could buy him as an everyman for the first part.
10:24AM on 02/23/2013

Jeff Goldblum

That would be funny if they got Jeff Goldblum to be Paul Kersey just because Jeff played one of the bad boys that attacked Bronson's Kersey's wife and Daughter.
That would be funny if they got Jeff Goldblum to be Paul Kersey just because Jeff played one of the bad boys that attacked Bronson's Kersey's wife and Daughter.
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3:50PM on 02/24/2013
That would be fuckin' awesome! Always like some Goldblum. But yeah, not a chance.
That would be fuckin' awesome! Always like some Goldblum. But yeah, not a chance.
10:12AM on 02/23/2013
Broose Willy...das mah shiiiiiiit!!

...him and Neesons.
Broose Willy...das mah shiiiiiiit!!

...him and Neesons.
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3:13AM on 02/23/2013
How about Thomas Jane or Jim Caviezel?
How about Thomas Jane or Jim Caviezel?
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5:53AM on 02/23/2013
Thomas Jane in Charles Bronson's role? I'm so there!
Thomas Jane in Charles Bronson's role? I'm so there!
11:10PM on 02/22/2013
i agree with him, I love Bruce Willis and all, but do you really have to have him in everything?
i agree with him, I love Bruce Willis and all, but do you really have to have him in everything?
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11:05PM on 02/22/2013
I was really excited for his Death Wish movie, not something I can say about most [link] I seem to remember his was going to be about brothers in L.A. And Frank Grillo was going to be one of them.

Carnahan is an interesting director to be sure. Narc is a classic, Smokin' Aces had loads of style and character but a rather ADHD vibe that was annoying, The Grey was a great character study. But I think the guy has left, or been fired from, more interesting projects than he's made. Killing Pablo,
I was really excited for his Death Wish movie, not something I can say about most [link] I seem to remember his was going to be about brothers in L.A. And Frank Grillo was going to be one of them.

Carnahan is an interesting director to be sure. Narc is a classic, Smokin' Aces had loads of style and character but a rather ADHD vibe that was annoying, The Grey was a great character study. But I think the guy has left, or been fired from, more interesting projects than he's made. Killing Pablo, White Jazz, Mission: Impossible III. But I get his not wanting Bruce Willis. I like the man as much as the next guy, but Carnahan was probably looking for someone who wasn't quite so iconic to be his antihero.
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8:14PM on 02/22/2013

They lost their best asset in Carnahan.

Carnahan is one of those great genre filmmakers right now. Like a modern day Don Siegel. And I know he had some great stuff in store for us, but I'm sure the character he wrote was not Bruce Willis. LOOPER and MOONRISE KINGDOM aside, Willis recently tends to sleepwalk through his roles, playing John McClane in everything. And not real John McClane, but MODERN JOHN MCCLANE. Furthermore, he's known to be a nightmare to work with, something Carnahan is known not to tolerate on his sets.

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Carnahan is one of those great genre filmmakers right now. Like a modern day Don Siegel. And I know he had some great stuff in store for us, but I'm sure the character he wrote was not Bruce Willis. LOOPER and MOONRISE KINGDOM aside, Willis recently tends to sleepwalk through his roles, playing John McClane in everything. And not real John McClane, but MODERN JOHN MCCLANE. Furthermore, he's known to be a nightmare to work with, something Carnahan is known not to tolerate on his sets.

I think Carnahan probably had a much smaller, grittier film in mind. I got the impression he was looking to have Frank Grillo star, actually. And of course, the studio wasn't too keen on that idea.

I hope he does do Narco Sub. Carnahan and Wayne Kramer need to fill the void left by the great Tony Scott.
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7:55PM on 02/22/2013

WHHAAAT

I saw Carnahan tweet a picture of his finished screenplay of Deathwish on twitter a while back. Besides it sucks that the studio wants Bruce Willis for the lead, not that I don't like Willis (think he's awesome) but I can see what Carnahan is going for here. Hell, it would've been nice to even see Neeson take the lead, or even an actor no one would even think of. Personally, I think it'd be cool for a bearded Russell Crowe to take the lead.
I saw Carnahan tweet a picture of his finished screenplay of Deathwish on twitter a while back. Besides it sucks that the studio wants Bruce Willis for the lead, not that I don't like Willis (think he's awesome) but I can see what Carnahan is going for here. Hell, it would've been nice to even see Neeson take the lead, or even an actor no one would even think of. Personally, I think it'd be cool for a bearded Russell Crowe to take the lead.
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7:41PM on 02/22/2013
I love evey one of his films. They're fun entertainment and have a lot of depth. I will see anything that he does. I would love to see him make an A-Team 2 since that movie was fantastic and I would have really loved to have seen him direct the Daredevil reboot since his the footage reel he came up with was great.
I love evey one of his films. They're fun entertainment and have a lot of depth. I will see anything that he does. I would love to see him make an A-Team 2 since that movie was fantastic and I would have really loved to have seen him direct the Daredevil reboot since his the footage reel he came up with was great.
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7:38PM on 02/22/2013
You mean Paramount is looking for another cookie cutter director who is willing to do whatever they say & want. Apparently they also didn't see his interview a couple weeks & his struggles with M:I3 I am okay with this since it's another pointless remake nobody wants.
You mean Paramount is looking for another cookie cutter director who is willing to do whatever they say & want. Apparently they also didn't see his interview a couple weeks & his struggles with M:I3 I am okay with this since it's another pointless remake nobody wants.
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7:56PM on 02/22/2013
I wouldn't be fuckin' surprised if John Moore stepped in as director...
I wouldn't be fuckin' surprised if John Moore stepped in as director...
7:28PM on 02/22/2013
A-Team unrated cut is flawless entertainment, Joe. Make another one. Please.
A-Team unrated cut is flawless entertainment, Joe. Make another one. Please.
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