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'Miss Bala' Director Gerardo Naranjo Boarding 'Death Wish' Remake

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March 25, 2013
Source: Variety

Gerardo Naranjo

Over a year ago, we got word that The Grey and The A-Team director Joe Carnahan was taking on a remake the 1974 vigilante film Death Wish which featured Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey, a liberal architect who morphs into an assassin after his wife and daughter are brutally attacked. He then takes it upon himself to clean up the criminal streets of New York City. The director was also writing the script, and even considering Frank Grillo for a role. However, Variety reports Carnahan has left the project after having trouble finding a lead, and now Miss Bala director Gerardo Naranjo is in talks to take over the project.

The studios are still using Carnahan's script, so it sounds like the studios may not have liked who Carnahan was trying to lock down for leads, and decided to get someone else they could work with a little easier. Since Naranjo is a mostly low key filmmaker, he'll likely bend to the studio's will a little more easily, as this will likely be the biggest project he's taken on, and his first film since the critically lauded Miss Bala in 2011. In addition, this will be something a little different for the Mexican director, but the aforementioned drug trafficking drama shows that he will be able to handle the violent vigilante story for sure

The film is based on the book by Brian Garfield, but over a year ago Carnahan said, "This version is a re-imagining of the book and set in present day Los Angeles." He also made comparisons to Collateral in its representation of LA, saying "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." That could likely still show in the story as it jumps around to these various locales, but since he's out of the director's chair the style will likely be different. Hopefully Naranjo can make this one work, but who will lead it? Thoughts?

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  • avi
    i think it will work when they keep it smple like drive.
  • son_et_lumiere
    the original Death Wish has *some* redeeming features and tries to make some points, but it's still a pretty unpleasant film, while the sequels are just distasteful dreck. however, the original book's author said he hated the films, and i've never read the books, so maybe this could be something worthwhile after all? but at the moment, i have the exact same reaction i had when i first heard of the recent remake of Straw Dogs - simply, what for?
  • David Banner
    LA and metro trains? "Metro Rail is the rapid transit rail system consisting of six separate lines (the Red, Purple, Blue, Expo, Green, and Gold lines) serving 80 stations in the Los Angeles County, California area. It connects with the Metro transitway bus rapid transit system (the orange line and silver lines) and also with the Metrolink commuter rail systems. The system, which has an average daily weekday ridership of 362,904 as of June 2012, is owned and operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and started service in 1990. It has been extended significantly since that time and several further extensions are either in the works or being considered." OK, but 363K a day isn't that much :)

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