A remake of the classic revenge film Death Wish is in the works, starring Bruce Willis.
The original 1974 movie memorably starred Charles Bronson, in a role that would come to define his career, as New York architect Paul Kersey, who becomes a vigilante killing machine following an attack that resulted in the sexual assault of his daughter and the murder of his wife. Adapted from Brian Garfield’s 1972 novel, the original Death Wish spawned four sequels over two decades, with Bronson reprising his leading role in each one.
After all these years, Death Wish remains one of the most iconic action crime films of all time, synonymous with the vigilante genre. There’s no word about whether sequels will follow if this remake does well, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the entire franchise gets a reboot.
Willis seems ideally cast for this flick, which is currently in pre-production. He is a hugely successful action star, and his antiheroes are among his most popular characters.
Directing the film is Eli Roth, whose most recent work includes the horror thriller Knock, Knock.
The screenplay was written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who previously collaborated on the popular mini-series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. The screenwriting team also features Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist), and Michael Ferris (Terminator).
Bruce Willis has at least four other films in the works—Going Under, Marauders, Labor of Love and The Bombing, which is currently filming. There is also talk that the actor will reprise his John McClane character for the origin movie Die Hard Year One.