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You know, I don’t know whether to be happy that Sylvester Stallone, who I have been a fan of for decades ever since I was a wee bit lad, is finally getting back on top after such a long time on the bottom, or be kind of miff at him that he doesn’t seem to have anything new to offer, and is instead just remaking and sequelizing everything.
And then there’s this talk of remaking “Death Wish”. While I’m not going to bitch and moan about it, it still bothers me that Stallone’s resurrection is built on a foundation of “been there, done that, can’t think of anything else”. But hey, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do to get back on top, right? I suppose…
Stallone talks about the “Death Wish” remake with IGN:
“I think Death Wish, if it were done today, would be volcanic,” Stallone said. “The idea of Jeff Goldblum being a mugger who breaks into an apartment is very simplistic. It gives you an idea how bad the elevation of violence has become. I would focus on defense attorneys, I would focus on [the people] allowing this crap to happen — not so much the guy on the street. It’s like, ‘Who permits it?’
“What if it happened to you, that your daughter was grabbed and her eyes were put out? Would you want to sit there and defend that guy?”
He goes on. It sounds like Stallone wants to turn “Death Wish” into another “Rambo” installment, actually, complete with gory death scenes, etc. It actually sounds very appealing, but you gotta wonder, how long can Stallone keep on top of this is all he’s got to offer — sequels and remakes and more sequels?