Eli Roth is no stranger to genre fans. The 21st Century Master of Horror busted out with his debut feature film Cabin Fever before delivering the seminal torture porn offerings Hostel and Hostel 2. He’s had his fingers in many other horror projects, but his next endeavor is something unique in the fear practitioner’s filmography: A remake of Michael Winner’s Death Wish, released in 1974 and starring Charles Bronson.
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We first reported on the project in 2016, but hadn’t heard much about it since Death Wish wrapped production in Vancouver—until today! We’re now getting word that Roth’s Death Wish is finished and coming to US Theaters in time for Thanksgiving!
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.
The original Death Wish is hella violent, so in many ways, Roth is well suited for the job. It’ll be interesting, however, to see if the filmmaker’s horror sensibilities seeped into the final product. Time will tell! We still don’t have a trailer or official synopsis, but check out the trailer for the original Death Wish below. We’ll keep you posted on additional Death Wish details as they emerge.
Official Synopsis: Once a mild-mannered liberal, New York City architect Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) snaps when intruders break into his home, murdering his wife (Hope Lange) and violently raping his daughter. A business trip to Tucson, Ariz., lands him a gift from a client, a revolver he uses to patrol the streets when he returns home. Frustrated that the police cannot find the intruders, he become a vigilante, gunning down any criminal that crosses his path. The public finds this vigilantism heroic.