Joe Carnahan Writing a 'Death Wish' Role for Frank Grillo to Star In

January 31, 2012
Source: SlashFilm

Frank Grillo

Vigilante, city style! Earlier this week it was reported that Joe Carnahan was already working on writing and directing a remake of Death Wish, the classic 1970's vigilante revenge story with Charles Bronson. Carnahan is already working on his project Killing Pablo next, so it was an interesting announcement to hear especially upon the release of The Grey. Thanks to a tip from SlashFilm, Carnahan wrote some tweets recently, confirming that he definitely is remaking Death Wish, however "this version is a re-imagining of the book and set in present day Los Angeles", and he's even writing a role for an actor also seen in The Grey.

Carnahan explains what's going on with this Death Wish project, which seems to be in early development: "Guys. I'm doing 'Death Wish.' But this version is a re-imagining of the book [by Brian Garfield] and set in present day Los Angeles. The L.A. of 'Collateral.' … It's on buses, cabs, metro trains. I want to show an unseen version of L.A. L.A. on foot. Prowling. Hunting. The vast emptiness of downtown. … Refn did a phenomenal job shooting L.A [in Drive]. It took on a different dimension. That’s the key." This definitely sounds intriguing, and considering we haven't really seen an LA like Collateral since Collateral, I'm excited to see him, hopefully, capture that style and feeling again. Here also tweeted about the role he's writing:

For those who don't recognize the name, Frank Grillo is an actor who you will probably recognize from Warrior last year (as trainer Frank Campana), but not The Grey, as he played Diaz and looked completely different in it. He's done a lot of TV acting, on "Prison Break" and "The Gates", and has been popping up in films like Edge of Darkness, Mother's Day, and My Soul to Take recently. He's talented and I'm glad to see him finally breaking out, especially if Carnahan gives him the lead in this, but we'll see if he is talking about some other role custom-made for Grillo. Either way, this makes me a lot more excited to see what Carnahan is cookin' up with this remake, and I'm not as nervous about how it'll turn out. What do you guys think?

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