Death Wish wasn’t what most would consider a horror film, but it’s a pretty damn dark revenge piece, and that’s just the kind of film that freely flirts with the genre. Regardless of how the film is classified, it’s pretty damn awesome, and the remake might just be, as well. Eli Roth is directing it!
No, that’s no joke. For Roth it’s down and away from Meg (dammit, dammit, dammit!) and up and aboard Death Wish. Okay, we’ll call that one a fair trade. We’ll also call everyone lucky, because not only is Eli Roth directing the flick, Bad Ass Bruce Willis (who’s been in everything) will be playing the Paul Kersey role, which Charles Bronson made famous.
Paramount and MGM are behind this one, which at one time had Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (directors of the first Israeli horror pic, Rabies) attached to direct.
As of now, not much else is known of Death Wish, but we’ll keep you in the loop, as there’s no way in hell Paramount will keep a new Death Wish production quiet.
The original film was directed by Michael Winner, who also directed Death Wish II and Death Wish 3 as well as classics The Sentinel, Scorpio and Shoot to Kill.
Here’s how the original film’s synopsis reads: Open-minded architect Paul Kersey returns to New York City from vacationing with his wife, feeling on top of the world. At the office, his cynical coworker gives him the welcome-back with a warning on the rising crime rate. But Paul, a bleeding-heart liberal, thinks of crime as being caused by poverty. However his coworker’s ranting proves to be more than true when Paul’s wife is killed and his daughter is raped in his own apartment. The police have no reliable leads and his overly sensitive son-in-law only exacerbates Paul’s feeling of hopelessness. He is now facing the reality that the police can’t be everywhere at once. Out of sympathy his boss gives him an assignment in sunny Arizona where Paul gets a taste of the Old West ideals. He returns to New York with a compromised view on muggers…