We knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make us any less excited: The first trailer for Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake just hit the net, and it’s violently delicious! Check out what awaits when the film hits theaters on November 22 courtesy of the folks at Annapurna Pictures. Have a look-see:
Official Synopsis (via Bloody-Disgusting):
Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of Chicago violence when it is rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly vigilante is a guardian angel or a grim reaper.”
“We wanted to bring back that great, classic Bruce Willis we all know and love and just do a fun, badass update of a revered classic,” Roth told Yahoo! yesterday. “I wanted to bring Bruce back to that Fifth Element, Unbreakable, Die Hard glory and have him craft another iconic performance, and I really think he did it. I mean I really think this can be his Taken. The fun is watching him go crazy and watching someone slowly move the moral goal post.”
“What’s interesting about Death Wish is it’s not a CIA guy who’s coming out of retirement, you know, he’s not John Wick, he’s not a professional assassin,” Roth said. “He’s a normal guy, he’s a surgeon, he’s a dad, he’s never picked up a gun in his life.” This Paul Kersey learns how to handle steel by watching YouTube videos and at one point almost gets merked by his own ricocheted bullet.
“And with each kill as he gets closer to finding the people that did this to his family, he gains a new skill. He gets better and better and better. So by the end of the film, he’s really much closer to John McClane… The very things that make him a good surgeon are what eventually make him a great killer.”
MGM is Annapurna’s international partner. After screening Eli Roth’s Death Wish reboot which stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Elisabeth Shue, Annapurna brass were impressed. The label will receive a distribution fee on the film. Death Wish debuts on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and will square off against Disney/Pixar’s Coco among wide releases, providing some older-male action octane during a holiday stretch which gets jumpstarted on the Friday prior to the holiday with Warner Bros/DC’s Justice League.
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Roth looks to be busy as hell in the upcoming months/years. In addition to Death Wish, he’s producing a couple films: the Amityville Horror-themed 1974 and the “extreme” thriller Haunt. We also recently reported on Roth’s new gig with ACM; he’ll be curating a 6-episode series The History of Horror. We don’t have any release information for these projects, but we’ll keep you posted on all Roth-related happenings as details emerge. Stay tuned