Bruce Willis is attached to star in a remake of 1974 revenge thriller Death Wish, and the project now has its directors.
According to Deadline, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, who impressed with their 2013 Israeli thriller Big Bad Wolves, are now attached to direct.
This one’s been on the development path for quite a while. Smokin’ Aces and The Grey filmmaker Joe Carnahan penned the script years ago with an original plan to direct. Dan Gilroy (Real Steel, Nightcrawler) and Graham Yost (Speed) have penned subsequent drafts.
The new Death Wish is said to be more in line with Brian Garfield’s novel, which tells the story of an architect who becomes a one-man army after his wife and daughter are brutally attacked. His wife dies, his daughter is left a vegetative state, and he takes to the streets to take down bad guys.
The original Charles Bronson-starring adaptation spawned four sequels, the last of which, Death Wish V: The Face of Death, hit screens in 1994. Saw and Furious 7 director James Wan directed Death Sentence in 2007. That Kevin Bacon-starring thriller was loosely based on Garfield’s book.
Paramount Pictures and MGM are keen to get this one going quickly now that they have their directors. Word is that production on the new Death Wish will start around June.
Here’s a trailer for the original ’74 thriller:
And here’s a trailer for Keshales and Papushado’s Big Bad Wolves: