Original set up with Sylvester Stallone writing and directing and starring (back when Stallone was suddenly on everyone’s radar again after the success of new “Rambo” and “Rocky” sequels), a remake of the Charles Bronson vigilante drama “Death Wish” is now back in the news, with “The Grey” and “A-Team” director Joe Carnahan the latest name attached to the encore.
The LATimes quotes unnamed sources pointing to Carnahan (or Smoking Joe to his friends) to write and direct the remake, which first shot its way into the hearts of violence-lovin’ moviegoers everywhere in the very magical year of 1974. The film would go on to spawn four sequels, with Bronson starring as former Everyman turned killing machine Paul Kersey in every one of them. The franchise culminated in 1994’s “Death Wish V: The Face of Death”.
Carnahan is coming off “The Grey”, a film that is poised to take the box office crown this week.
If this news is true, and Carnahan is indeed poised to remake “Death Wish”, he would be a fool not to get his “Grey” and “A-Team” star Liam Neeson to play Paul Kersey. It’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? Neeson has already played a pissed off father on the warpath once already. Selling a “Death Wish” remake as another “Taken” would be like selling candy to a baby. Make it so, Joe!