Because we live in a world where it’s cheaper and easier to remake an old movie rather than pay writers to come up with something new, there is another old classic in the (re)works. This time around, the recycling machine has spit out 1974’s Death Wish. The remake has already secured one of Hollywood’s biggest actors for the lead role and now it looks like they have their new director – Eli Roth.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the original, it starred iconic action-guy, Charles Bronson, in the lead role of an architect-turned-vigilante. After finding his wife murdered and his daughter raped, he goes out on a killing spree, taking out bad guys left and right. Death Wish also managed to spawn four not-so-great sequels.
This time around, the main character will be played by another iconic action-guy, Bruce Willis. And with Eli Roth signing up to direct, the studio has everything it needs to get the ball rolling. Most people will recognize Roth’s name from the host of torture-porn movies he’s spewed out over the years, particularly Hostel and Hostel II. Apparently, he’s gotten tired of pushing the lines of graphic horror and wants to move on to something new.
While I can take or leave the reboots and remakes that are churned out by the dozens every year, this one at least looks to have one thing going for it. The screenplay is being put together by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. They are the dream team that’s scribed such films as Man on the Moon, Ed Wood and The People vs. Larry Flynt. The new script is also said to follow the original Brian Garfield novel much closer than the first incarnation of Death Wish did.
I may not be a fan of Eli Roth, but the combination of talent is definitely intriguing. Now we’ll just have to wait until we see some trailers to a get a look at what they end up putting together, for better or for worse.
What say the Nerd Readers? Is a new Death Wish just another pointless cash grab by lazy studio executives? Or could this team pull off something exceptional?