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