Bruce Willis teaming with Eli Roth on Death Wish remake

first_imgThe Death Wish remake continues to enlist an interesting batch of talent. Legendary action headliner Bruce Willis is currently attached to star in the project that will now feature horror helmer Eli Roth in the director’s chair.Though more known for films like Cabin Fever, Hostel, and The Green Inferno, which stand firmly in the horror genre, Roth fills the spot previously held by Joe Carnahan (The Grey) and the Israeli team of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves).The original 1974 film starring Charles Bronson was based on a 1972 novel of the same name by Brian Garfield. At the time, the 53-year-old actor debuted as Paul Kersey, a man whose wife gets brutalized and murdered in a home invasion. Soon enough, Mr. Kersey, an architect, sinks into the seedy underbelly of New York City to exact his revenge. Four films followed that original one, the last of which hit in 1994.The latest script comes from the Big Eyes and Goosebumps duo of Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski, though Roth usually takes a crack at scripts before firing up the camera. Roth’s last film, Knock Knock, was more of a psycho-sexual thriller than pure scare fare. Death Wish will mark another step out of that world, but one that will still allow the director to make his audience squirm with the film’s violent scenarios.Willis is currently 61, making him the same age Bronson was when he filmed Death Wish II. The action star continues to play in a variety of sandboxes, from the comic-inspired Sin City films to the time travel thriller Looper, and most recently a crime thriller called Precious Cargo.last_img

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