Joe Carnahan to reboot Death Wish

Paramount and MGM order remake of Charles Bronson classic

Joe Carnahan has clearly got a thing for grizzled, take-no-shit leading men in rugged, testosterone-soaked thrillers. With The Grey currently scoring very decent reviews across the board, word is that Carnahan will follow that film up with a reboot of the Charles Bronson actioner Death Wish.

Directed by Michael Winner and released back in 1974, Death Wish is a down and dirty revenge drama, in which Bronson plays an average joe who turns into a gun-wielding vigilante when his wife is murdered by a gang of street punks.

New York’s resident muggers are suddenly in a world of trouble, as Bronson sets about slaying every ne’er do well who crosses his path.

The film would go on to spawn four sequels, and MGM and Paramount clearly feel the time is right for a reboot, with Carnahan having reportedly signed on to occupy the director’s chair.

It’s a move that makes sense, with Carnahan’s Narc a good example of the director’s familiarity with grimy, uncompromising material. No word as yet concerning when the film is expected to open, but who would bet against Liam Neeson snagging the leading role? If he can take a pack of timber wolves, we fancy him against a bunch of street thugs…

Is Death Wish ripe for a remake, or should they leave well alone? Tell us, below.

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    • QuietLife

      Jan 30th 2012, 11:14

      "100% most of the time" ?!?!?!? Hahahahahahahahahaha! Not 0% some of the time?

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jan 30th 2012, 11:35

      And there's only a 10% chance of that

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    • FBSBaker

      Jan 30th 2012, 13:54

      I hate to point out the obvious, but Death Wish was already recently remade! The Jodie Foster movie "The Brave One", is a blatant remake of Death Wish, right down to her first vigilante killing being on a subway!

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    • writerdave87

      Jan 30th 2012, 15:09

      Not bad going, we've had Dalidab the racist and Dalidab the mathematical incompetent in about 24 hours...

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    • SixStepSamurai

      Jan 30th 2012, 17:06

      '100% most of the time.' HA HA HA HA HA! Too funny! That's classic. They should put that on a T shirt.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 30th 2012, 17:20

      Im not a big fan of reboots but Joe Carnahan is a good shout. Even if he hasn't done anything close to the intensity of Narc. Smoking Aces was over the top but didnt live up to the hype, The A-team was a let down, havent seen The Grey but it is supposed to be great. So a bit hit and miss, still miles bettter than the 'fifth choice director' box featuring the likes of Ratner, Paul WS Anderson, Len Journeyman, Mark Steven Johnson and McG. Might have to watch A-Team again though...

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    • EddieFelson

      Jan 30th 2012, 18:35

      I love the ridiculously long randomly selected mess of a list of actors you have selected there "Kingof " I cant tell weather you have no idea of who you want to see play the perfect Paul Kersey? or what direction they will go in with the remake? or (and this is probably more than likely) haven't seen any of the films and decided to IMDB someone else's reviews just to write something? Anyway I'm also not a huge fan of reboots 96% of the time, half of the time of 2% of the majority of it...... ummm..... yeah.... however this is pretty descent source material which could be remade well just depends on which Joe Carnahan turns up!

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 30th 2012, 18:51

      It will probably end up starring Jason Statham, although Idris Elba would be a better choice.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 30th 2012, 19:24

      "Calm down dear, its only a movie" See what I did there? Oh, please yourselves...

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    • dkjm74

      Jan 31st 2012, 8:07

      Normally I keep out of the ongoing battle between Dalidab and 'the rest of the world' - but I'm actually going to stick up for him this time. The phrase 'I'm against remakes 100% most of the time' does make sense. Let's say that for every 5 proposed remakes you hear about, you are 100% against 4 of those proposals - that makes you 100% against remakes, most of the time. It makes sense. OK have a crack at him when he says something offensive and deserves it, but there is a bit of reaching in the who can smash Dalidab the most sometimes. Anyway, a proper pulpy 'Death Wish' remake could be fun.

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    • QuietLife

      Jan 31st 2012, 8:40

      You're just sticking up for him 'cos he's the popular kid! :P

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    • alexr

      Jan 31st 2012, 9:56

      @QuietLife He's as popular as I was in school - I now have a very f****d up idea of what adulthood should be. As for the Death Wish remake, how about Billy Burke playing the Bronson role. It'll give him something to bolster his CV after Twis**te...

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    • alexr

      Jan 31st 2012, 10:44

      That should be Twi-s**te. Looked too much like Twister after the ***'s were added!

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    • ChrisWootton

      Feb 1st 2012, 9:16

      Don't want to get in an argument about this but 100% means 100%. If you were against 4 out of 5 of the remakes you would be 75% against remakes. :)

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    • alexr

      Feb 1st 2012, 17:21

      @ChrisWootton Mathematically, you would be 80% against remakes by your logic (just saying). Anyway, I see both sides of this arguement. When you disagree with a remake, you are 100% against it, however, you may not be against ALL remakes. I understand the standpoint.

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    • QuietLife

      Feb 2nd 2012, 12:52

      aaaaaand... times up. Please put down your pencils and wait to be dismissed....

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