Bruce Willis Stars in New Death Wish Remake
Death Wish is an upcoming American action drama film co-written and directed by Eli Roth, a remake of the 1974 film of the same name which starred Charles Bronson in the lead, based on the 1972 novel written by Brian Garfield. The remake will star Bruce Willis as the main character Paul Kersey and is scheduled to be released on November 22, 2017, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film also serves as Willis’ comeback role after a string of VOD and direct-to-dvd releases in his career.
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A mild-mannered father is transformed into a killing machine after his wife is murdered and his daughter raped and left comatose.
- Bruce Willis as Paul Kersey, Frank Kersey’s older brother, Lucy’s husband and Jordan’s father.
- Vincent D’Onofrio as Frank Kersey, Paul Kersey’s younger brother.
- Dean Norris as Detective Rains
- Kimberly Elise as Detective Jackson, partner to Detective Rains.
- Mike Epps as Dr. Chris Salgado, a playboy doctor and close friend of Paul Kersey.
- Elisabeth Shue as Lucy Kersey, the wife of Paul Kersey and Jordan’s mother.
- Camila Morrone as Jordan Kersey, the daughter of Paul and Lucy.
- Ronnie Gene Blevins as Joe
- Beau Knapp as Knox, the main villain.
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Development for the film began in 2006, when Sylvester Stallone announced that he would be directing and starring in a remake of Death Wish. Stallone stated, “Instead of the Charles Bronson character being an architect, my version would have him as a very good cop who had incredible success without ever using his gun. So when the attack on his family happens, he’s really thrown into a moral dilemma in proceeding to carry out his revenge.” On December 20, 2006, however, Stallone officially announced that he will not be doing the Death Wish remake, due to “creative differences”.
In late January 2012, The Hollywood Reporter stated that a remake was confirmed and would be written and directed by Joe Carnahan. the film was originally set to star Liam Neeson and Frank Grillo. However, Carnahan left the film in 2013 and director Gerardo Naranjo was then attached to the project, he was interested in casting Benicio Del Toro in the lead role, but this version also never came into fruition.
After 4 years in development, in March 2016, Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced that Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado will direct the remake, with Bruce Willis starring. Willis was chosen from a shortlist include Russell Crowe, Matt Damon, Will Smith and Brad Pitt. In May, Keshales and Papushado quit the project after the studio failed to allow their script rewrites. In June, Eli Roth signed on to direct. On August 25, 2016, Vincent D’Onofrio was cast alongside Bruce Willis to play Paul Kersey’s brother, Breaking Bad actor Dean Norris also joined Willis in the film. On October 7, 2016, Kimberly Elise and Camila Morrone were cast in the film to play Detective Jackson and Jordan Kersey. Later on October 17, 2016, Ronnie Gene Blevins was cast in the film.
Principal photography on the film began in late-September 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Later in October 2016, it began filming in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
In June 2017, it was announced Annapurna Pictures would distribute the film on behalf of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and release it on November 22, 2017. However, on August 3, 2017, a trailer was released, and it was revealed that MGM would be releasing the film solo, making this the first film to be fully distributed by MGM alone since Hot Tub Time Machine in 2010.
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