“Hostel” helmer Eli Roth is in talks to direct MGM and Paramount’s remake of the Charles Bronson cult hit “Death Wish.”
Bruce Willis is attached to star.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski penned the most recent draft with Joe Carnahan penning the original. Roger Birnbaum is producing.
The 1974 film was an adaptation of a novel by Brian Garfield and told of a man who goes on a revenge spree after his wife is killed and his daughter is sexually assaulted.
Roth made his name in the horror genre with hits like “Cabin Fever” and the “Hostel” series, but has begun to slowly transition into more studio fare. He most recently helmed the thriller “Knock Knock” starring Keanu Reeves.
Roth hasn’t left the horror genre, however, having recently written and directed the cannibal pic “The Green Inferno.”
Elisabeth Shue has been cast opposite Bruce Willis in Death Wish, the Eli Roth-directed remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson film for Paramount and MGM. She joins Mike Epps, Dean Norris and Vincent D’Onofrio in the film, which is shooting in Chicago and Montreal.
Shue will play the wife of Paul Kersey (Willis), whose life is destroyed by a violent crime against his wife and daughter. Frustrated that the bad guys were not brought to justice for the nefarious act inflicted on his family, he starts hunting for the perpetrators himself.
Roger Birnbaum is producing the pic with a script from Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Joe Carnahan penned the original script.
Shue spent four seasons as Julie Finlay on CBS’ long-running crime drama CSI. On the film side, she received an Oscar nom for her leading role in Mike Figgis’ Leaving Los Vegas. Up next, Shue can be seen alongside Emma Stone in Battle of the Sexes, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Other credits include Hollow Man, Chasing Mavericks and House at the End of The Street.
MGM’s Death Wish remake via Annapurna Pictures is moving out of the crowded Thanksgiving corridor and into March 2 next year.
We hear that Death Wish moved before Weinstein Co.-Dimension plopped its horror film Polaroid into the Thanksgiving stretch which also currently counts the following wide releases: Disney/Pixar’s Coco, Entertainment Studios’ Chappaquiddick, and STX Entertainment’s Molly’s Game.
Directed by Eli Roth, Death Wish stars Bruce Willis in the classic vigilante role of Paul Kersey, a father, who when his wife is murdered and his daughter sexually assaulted, becomes a killing machine. Producer Roger Birnbaum developed and produced Death Wish under his Cave 76 banner for MGM. Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Dean Norris and Mike Epps also star.
On its new date, Death Wish will compete against 20th Century Fox’s Jennifer Lawrence thriller Red Sparrow, Sony’s Albert Hughes’ action/drama Alpha, and New Line/Warner Bros.’ comedy Game Night. In addition, that spot works well for both Roth and Willis. Both are busy on other projects now and their schedules will free up in that pre-spring frame.