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Death Wish remake: Eli Roth to direct

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Eli Roth is making moves to diversify his horror-heavy filmography, as the director is set to helm the upcoming remake of Michael Winner’s crime thriller Death Wish, EW has confirmed.

Roth, whose previous directorial efforts include Cabin Fever (2002), Hostel (2005), and The Green Inferno (2015), is taking over the long-gestating MGM/Paramount project after the recent departure of Israeli filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, the duo who directed 2013’s Big Bad Wolves.

Bruce Willis was previously confirmed to star in the lead role, originated by Charles Bronson in the 1974 version. The 61-year old Die Hard actor will play Paul Kersey, a man who turns to vigilante justice to exact revenge after his wife is murdered and his daughter is sexually assaulted. The character first appeared in Brian Garfield’s 1972 novel of the same name. The current iteration of Death Wish‘s script was written by Golden Globe-winning screenwriting team Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt).

At one point, Joe Carnahan (The Grey, Smokin’ Aces) was attached to direct, though The Hollywood Reporterwhich first reported news of Roth’s involvement, noted he left the film in 2012. 

A release date for Death Wish has not yet been announced.

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