Genre film auteur Eli Roth is attached to yet another project that is on the borderline of being a horror flick but isn’t quite a proper horror film. We have just learned via Deadline that the director will be remaking the classic 1974 revenge thriller Death Wish. Prior to this, he directed the Keanu Reeves starring Knock Knock.
The director has lined up action veteran Bruce Willis to topline the project. Roth will helm from a script penned by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (1408). The previous draft was inked by Joe Carnahan (The Grey). Prior to Roth boarding the project, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves) walked away over disagreements with MGM/Paramount over the direction of the screenplay.
There’s a strong argument to be made for why this picture really does not need to be remade but, at the same time, remakes are inevitable and I am curious to see where Roth takes the source material. So, I’m trying to keep an open mind.
Before Roth signed on to remake Death Wish, he walked away from a long-awaited big screen adaptation of Steve Alten’s killer shark novel Meg.
No further word at this juncture as to when the project will go before cameras or when it will see release but we will keep you in the loop as we learn additional details!