THE GREY Director Joe Carnahan Withdraws from DEATH WISH Remake
1974's Death Wish starred Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey, a man who becomes a violent vigilante after his wife is murdered and daughter is sexual assaulted by muggers. The film received wide acclaim and popularity, and garnered four sequels.
Paramount and MGM have been trying to launch a remake of property for several years with director Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) signing on last year to both write and direct it. He divulged a few details about the project as well, stating that this version is being planned as "a re-imagining of the book [by Brian Garfield] and set in present day Los Angeles. The L.A. of 'Collateral.' ... It's on buses, cabs, metro trains. I want to show an unseen version of L.A. L.A. on foot. Prowling. Hunting. The vast emptiness of downtown."
Carnahan has now removed himself from Death Wish due to unnameable creative differences with the production companies. Deadline reports the main reason being his disapproval of the studios' desire to put Bruce Willis in the lead role. After the news broke, Carnahan took to his Twitter page to offer his reasoning for leaving the production:
"You stick to your guns. You walk what you talk and you only make the things and do the work you love and believe in.
"I'm a huge Bruce Willis fan. Zero issue with Bruce. I just wrote a very, very specific character for DW and wasn't willing to alter it... Bruce had nothing to do with that...so I would hope to work with him somewhere down range one day."