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Vincent D'Onofrio to join Bruce Willis in Eli Roth's Death Wish remake

08.25.2016

Vincent D'Onofrio Death Wish Bruce Willis Eli Roth Dean Norris

I've got an incredible soft spot for Charles Bronson's DEATH WISH series, none of which could be called "good" movies, although I'm sure an argument could be made for the first installment, but watching Bronson dispatch bad guys in increasingly ridiculous ways throughout the franchise has provided me with much entertainment. A remake of the film, said to skew closer to Brian Garfield's original novel, has been in development for some time but has dealt with some difficulties over the past few years; more on that later.

Deadline has announced that Vincent D'Onofrio (Daredevil) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) have joined up with Eli Roth's DEATH WISH remake which is set to star Bruce Willis as Paul Kersey, a man whose life is destroyed by a violent crime against his wife and daughter. Seeking vengeance against the perpetrators who were not brought to justice, Kersey takes to the streets to hunt them down. Vincent D'Onofrio will play Paul Kersey's brother and Dean Norris will play Detective Rains.

Now, back to those difficulties I mentioned earlier. Joe Carnahan (THE GREY) was originally attached to direct the remake several years ago, but when the studio began pushing for a more action-oriented story as well as putting Bruce Willis in the lead role, Carnahan walked, but not before sending off a rather harshly worded e-mail to MGM president Jonathan Glickman. Carnahan was then replaced by Gerardo Naranjo but the project remained in development hell for a couple of years. Enter Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (BIG BAD WOLVES) as the new directors of the DEATH WISH remake and everything seemed to be on track, until they too departed citing creative differences.

What's the lesson here? Apparently it's don't go against a studio who wants to pump out another Bruce Willis action vehicle with a recognizable name attached to it. Eli Roth stepped up to direct just two months ago and production on DEATH WISH will kick off by late September.

Source: Deadline

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9:30PM on 08/27/2016

Sooooo....

This is COMPLETELY off topic, but I just watched 'Adventures In Babysitting' with my 10 year old daughter the other day (her first time seeing it), and Dawson, the mechanic who looks like Thor, was played by Vincent D'Onofrio. So, technically, kind of... he's actually played 2 Marvel characters now!

Another easter egg gem that I caught was when the kids blow out their tire on the freeway, the truck driver with a missing hand is named Pruitt and the front of his truck says JP. In the movie
This is COMPLETELY off topic, but I just watched 'Adventures In Babysitting' with my 10 year old daughter the other day (her first time seeing it), and Dawson, the mechanic who looks like Thor, was played by Vincent D'Onofrio. So, technically, kind of... he's actually played 2 Marvel characters now!

Another easter egg gem that I caught was when the kids blow out their tire on the freeway, the truck driver with a missing hand is named Pruitt and the front of his truck says JP. In the movie Zoolander, David Duchovny's character is J.P. Prewitt, who just happens to have his hand encased in glass to protect it.
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8:49AM on 08/26/2016
Man oh man, I hope D'Onofrio doesn't go down a path of signing up for generic projects. He's been on such a great high lately.

Extra tidbit: Man Danny Trejo looks young in that
Man oh man, I hope D'Onofrio doesn't go down a path of signing up for generic projects. He's been on such a great high lately.

Extra tidbit: Man Danny Trejo looks young in that
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7:45AM on 08/26/2016
This will just end up as another generic Bruce Willis film. It sounded a lot better with Carnahan, and Grillo's name attached.
This will just end up as another generic Bruce Willis film. It sounded a lot better with Carnahan, and Grillo's name attached.
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3:24AM on 08/26/2016

Willis, D'Onofrio, Norris...

Will anyone with hair be joining this film?
Will anyone with hair be joining this film?
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12:45AM on 08/26/2016
Bruce Willis wont work for this. Cant imagine him killing his family's murderers. But can see Mel Gibson doing that, he'll be perfect, going berserk.
Bruce Willis wont work for this. Cant imagine him killing his family's murderers. But can see Mel Gibson doing that, he'll be perfect, going berserk.
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10:41PM on 08/25/2016
Ok...just my thoughts on the director and the actors:

Eli Roth-ehhhhhh...I'm on the fence but, I'm willing to see what he does with the movie.
Bruce Willis-Nope! I'm tired of Bruce phoning it in....find someone else to play Paul Kersey.
Vincent D'Onofrio-Ok! I'm on board with this choice.
Dean Norris-Ok with this choice too!
Ok...just my thoughts on the director and the actors:

Eli Roth-ehhhhhh...I'm on the fence but, I'm willing to see what he does with the movie.
Bruce Willis-Nope! I'm tired of Bruce phoning it in....find someone else to play Paul Kersey.
Vincent D'Onofrio-Ok! I'm on board with this choice.
Dean Norris-Ok with this choice too!
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