Joe Carnahan Now Set to Write and Direct a Remake of 'Death Wish'

January 29, 2012
Source: 24 Frames

Death Wish

If the Friday numbers are any indicator, it looks like the man vs. nature thriller The Grey starring Liam Neeson and directed by Joe Carnahan will win the weekend. And with the film doing so well in theaters, that means it's time to get the word out on the next project from Carnahan. 24 Frames reports The A-Team helmer will write and direct a remake of 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. Read on!

This isn't the first time that Death Wish has been tossed around as a potential remake as Sylvester Stallone became interested in the project before it got stuck in development hell around five years ago. Scott Free Productions (from Ridley and Tony Scott) will produce with The Grey producer Jules Daly, but no ohter details about the remake are known at this time. Who can step into the shoes filled by Bronson for the original film and four sequels, and will this turn into yet another action franchise? The first person that comes to mind is Jason Statham, but that doesn't seem like inspired casting to me at all. Ryan Gosling would be another good choice, but then there would be inevitable comparisons to Drive. Either way, with action like Smokin' Aces and The A-Team as part of his action repertoire, Carnahan seems like the perfect guy for a crazy violent romp like this. Thoughts?

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I though Kevin Bacon did a good job in Death Sentence which is based off the same book the Death Wish movies are based on.

Guest on Jan 29, 2012


You're spot on! This should NOT be remade. Why not remake, Bronson's  weak film "Messenger of Death" instead? It needs it!!!

Blue Silver on Jan 29, 2012


There are no good choices to replace Bronson because this should not be remade. I watched this maybe a year ago with a buddy of mine, and it still holds up. Another unnecessary remake to fill the pockets of lazy, unoriginal slobs.

grimjob on Jan 29, 2012


Dammit. After I typed the slobs remark, I remembered I really like Carnahan.

grimjob on Jan 29, 2012


Liam Neeson as Paul Kersey 

Loser on Jan 29, 2012


Harvey Keitel. 72 years young 🙂

David Banner on Jan 29, 2012


If not a Stallone project (character is over 60), brother Liam is good pick for Kersey.

Edsmith1030 on Jan 29, 2012


death sentence was great which was basically a death wish remake whats the point?

Anonymous on Jan 29, 2012


I second Kevin Bacon or Liam Neeson. But I also agree that this movie should NOT be remade. 

Chris Amaya on Jan 29, 2012


I, also believe this remake/re-boot and "The Crow" shouldn't materialize! However, if this one does and I'm sure Carnahan will get the wheels turning quick, I'd say stick with Stallone and if not Sly, then Neeson- who would be perfect in his element! Bacon already has his vigilante flick in, "Death Sentence"!

Spider on Jan 29, 2012


This should not be made unless they can get Jeff Goldblum to appear as a thug for about 10 minutes.

Dangerous Don Danger on Jan 29, 2012


Nice. That would be a great nod to the original.

grimjob on Jan 29, 2012


Remake "Death Hunt" instead! Charles Bronson is rolling over in his grave.

happy camper on Jan 29, 2012


Didn't they already remake this with Jodie foster as the Charles bronson character not too sure though.

Crazy on Jan 29, 2012


The Brave One? I enjoyed that movie. 

Chris Amaya on Jan 29, 2012


The original Death Wish movies are fantastic!...A remake? REALLY?!

Anonymous on Jan 29, 2012


It's time. Not a bad project a remake wouldn't hurt with Liam nesson kicking "A"

Twinzin on Jan 30, 2012


How about Ned stark?

Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012


It is time, great news!  Dont worry guys your Bronson VHS collection will still be there.

McWilly on Jan 30, 2012

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