Bruce Willis’ ‘Death Wish’ Remake Sets Israeli Directing Team
Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado will direct the remake of “Death Wish,” starring Bruce Willis.
The Israeli directing team helmed the 2013 black comedy “Big Bad Wolves,” which was an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Paramount released the original “Death Wish,” starring Charles Bronson, in 1974 with Michael Winner directing and Dino De Laurentiis producing. The $3 million film was a major success, grossing $22 million at the box office.
Former MGM co-chairman Roger Birnbaum is producing the new project. He was a producer on the “Rush Hour” franchise, “Bruce Almighty” and 2009’s “Star Trek” before joining with Spyglass partner Gary Barber to take over MGM in 2010. Birnbaum returned to producing in 2013.
Joe Carnahan, Dan Gilroy and Graham Yost have worked on the script for the remake. The 1974 original was based on the Brian Garfield novel about vigilante Paul Kersey, who goes after criminals when his wife is murdered and his daughter is left catatonic after being sexually assaulted during a home invasion.
Bronson starred in four “Death Wish” sequels, concluding with his final film in 1994, “Death Wish V: The Face of Death.”
Keshales and Papushado debuted with “Rabies” prior to “Big Bad Wolves.” They are repped by WME.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.