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Sly on Death Wish

01.10.2008
Sylvester Stallone is almost ready to blast bloody hell out of Burmese militia in the impending RAMBO, but he recently took a few moments to discuss another helping of violence he may dish out, his remake of DEATH WISH.

In the 1974 Chuck Bronson vigilante flick (which spawned an increasingly awful series of sequels), the protagonist was initially a pacifist. Sly (who's considering writing, directing and starring, as with RAMBO) says that to update the story for the present, he'd make the scenario "volcanic" and the character "completely violent, an ex convict who walked the walk, was accepted back into society and did everything he could to be a [good person] like these thieves and junkies who now work on the side of the law. They've gone that way, but when something happens he reverts back to that guy."

Stallone gives a little more: "What if it happened to you, that your daughter was grabbed and her eyes were put out? Would you want to sit there and defend that guy? There's moral questions here that are being presented that have not been answered in 30 years."

However, what we have seen in 30 years is precisely this sort of revenge tale (average Joe/reformed convict/retired military man/former assassin experiences tragic life event, seeks furious vengeance) already done to death, as recently as DEATH SENTENCE and THE BRAVE ONE. So Stallone will have his work cut out for him if he wants to make something with more impact than a paintball. I'd rather see him get his POE movie made, personally...
Extra Tidbit: I wonder if Stallone would grow out the 'stache for the part...
Source: Filmforce

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12:39PM on 01/12/2008

Interesting

Finally a remake that takes the premise and tries something fresh. 3:10 to Yuma did something similar and though a bit of a downer, a solid update. This could be pretty badass, but I'd rather see him apply these ideas to a remake or update or sequel to NIGHT HAWKS. Given the present day dangers of terrorists that were only a hypothetical over twenty years ago, a new gritty take on that material by Stallone would be great material.
Finally a remake that takes the premise and tries something fresh. 3:10 to Yuma did something similar and though a bit of a downer, a solid update. This could be pretty badass, but I'd rather see him apply these ideas to a remake or update or sequel to NIGHT HAWKS. Given the present day dangers of terrorists that were only a hypothetical over twenty years ago, a new gritty take on that material by Stallone would be great material.
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11:09PM on 01/11/2008
I remember thinking, surprisingly enough, that Stallone could do some good dusting off this classic that was marred by the preposterous sequels. Problem is, Paul Kersey wasn't an ex-con, and pretty much stayed away from violence his whole life. By changing the story all he's doing is making another revenge-thriller, which, while potentially good, would be using the title for no discernible reason except to attract the Boomer crowd.
I remember thinking, surprisingly enough, that Stallone could do some good dusting off this classic that was marred by the preposterous sequels. Problem is, Paul Kersey wasn't an ex-con, and pretty much stayed away from violence his whole life. By changing the story all he's doing is making another revenge-thriller, which, while potentially good, would be using the title for no discernible reason except to attract the Boomer crowd.
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9:50AM on 01/11/2008

MORE SLY CRAP!

I am probably going to get slammed for saying this, but I think that Stallone should just go away. Just like Steven Seagal and Van Damme, he should never make another film! One sucky movie after another! I heard that he will be starring in Uwe Boll's next film, "WASHED UP OLD DUDE FROM URANUS"!
I am probably going to get slammed for saying this, but I think that Stallone should just go away. Just like Steven Seagal and Van Damme, he should never make another film! One sucky movie after another! I heard that he will be starring in Uwe Boll's next film, "WASHED UP OLD DUDE FROM URANUS"!
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9:00AM on 01/11/2008
Another violent revenge flick? Bring it on. A revenge flick that's seriously trying to tell me what's right or wrong in life? No, thanks.
Another violent revenge flick? Bring it on. A revenge flick that's seriously trying to tell me what's right or wrong in life? No, thanks.
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7:00AM on 01/11/2008

BRILLIANTLY STUPID!

Sly will star in a remake of a 1974 Chuck Bronson vigilante flick (which spawned an increasingly awful series of sequels), and will probably spawn another batch of increasingly awful series of sequels.
Sly will star in a remake of a 1974 Chuck Bronson vigilante flick (which spawned an increasingly awful series of sequels), and will probably spawn another batch of increasingly awful series of sequels.
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5:34AM on 01/11/2008

Stupid idea

The first film wasn't great, and he seems to have completely lost the idea of the character in the first place.
Remaking anything involving Michael Winner is just a bad idea.
The first film wasn't great, and he seems to have completely lost the idea of the character in the first place.
Remaking anything involving Michael Winner is just a bad idea.
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12:37AM on 01/11/2008
correct me if im wrong, but i believe vengeance films are arrows favorite movies. I know he's skipping down the road like a little school girl for this one to come out. I know iam :)
correct me if im wrong, but i believe vengeance films are arrows favorite movies. I know he's skipping down the road like a little school girl for this one to come out. I know iam :)
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10:57PM on 01/10/2008

Another Remake?

Well, in defense of 'Death Sentence' (despite it being named after the sequel novel), at least that remake was authorized by the actual writer of Death Wish, Brian Garfield. I can't say the same of this remake which only exists because Garfield lost the film rights to his first novel long ago.

Both 'Man on Fire' and 'Death Sentence' more than met the quota for revenge films. Do we really need any more?
Well, in defense of 'Death Sentence' (despite it being named after the sequel novel), at least that remake was authorized by the actual writer of Death Wish, Brian Garfield. I can't say the same of this remake which only exists because Garfield lost the film rights to his first novel long ago.

Both 'Man on Fire' and 'Death Sentence' more than met the quota for revenge films. Do we really need any more?
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10:50PM on 01/10/2008
I say, let Sly get his Angel of Death on. I never get tired of revenge flicks. I'm one spiteful motherf*cker. Grow out the 'stache and get Jeff Goldblum to reprise his role from the original DW.
I say, let Sly get his Angel of Death on. I never get tired of revenge flicks. I'm one spiteful motherf*cker. Grow out the 'stache and get Jeff Goldblum to reprise his role from the original DW.
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