It’s been a frustrating couple of years for Bruce Willis fans. After a long and very successful career at the very top of the Hollywood Star Machine, Willis’ has slowly worked his way down into B-level fare. And B-level might be generous; a lot of his movies these days get a cursory release and then go straight to VOD, if they show up in theaters at all. Most of these movies have titles so generic they could be attached to any of these films and no one would notice. Was The Prince the one about the dystopian sci-fi with sex robots? Or was that Extraction? Or Precious Cargo? Marauders? Oh wait, it was Vice. According to IMDb, Willis is currently making a movie that really sums up this whole period of his career: The Bombing.
A remake of Charles Bronson’s gritty 1974 classic Death Wish has been in the works for several years, though it didn’t seem likely that Paramount and MGM would get this thing off the ground. Enter Bruce Willis and the directing duo behind the Quentin Tarantino-endorsed indie crime thriller Big Bad Wolves, and you’ve got yourself a Death Wish remake.
A few weeks ago, Joe Carnahan dropped out of the planned 'Death Wish' remake over creative differences with the studio and the hunt began for a new director to take his place. It looks like the search is over and fans of world cinema will surely find themselves interested in who they've selected: Gerardo Naranjo.
Joe Carnahan has had some of the worst luck in Hollywood as his list of almost-made films is nearly as long as his actual resume. And now another title can be added to the pile of almosts as Carnahan has exited the 'Death Wish' remake.