1974’s Death Wish was a vigilante revenge action film starring Charles Bronson (the actor, not the notorious prisoner) that spawned a violent and successful franchise. Now, Eli Roth is directing an upcoming remake starring none other than action legend and unexpected blues musician Bruce Willis.
If you’ve missed the good ol’ days of all-American action hero Bruce Willis, have no fear. Director Eli Roth is right there with you, and he’s confident in the actor’s performance. In an interview with Yahoo Movies, Roth says;
“We wanted to bring back that great, classic Bruce Willis we all know and love and just do a fun, badass update of a revered classic,” Roth told Yahoo Movies. “I wanted to bring Bruce back to that Fifth Element, Unbreakable, Die Hard glory and have him craft another iconic performance, and I really think he did it. I mean I really think this can be his Taken. The fun is watching him go crazy and watching someone slowly move the moral goal post.”
The original Death Wish film is about a man, Paul Kersey, who turns to into a life of violent vigilante justice after his wife is murdered and daughter is assaulted during a home invasion. In the film, Kersey is an architect from Manahttan. Roth’s version sees Kersey as a surgeon and moves the action to Chicago.
The change in profession is an interesting one, as there is a “certain set of skills” that are inherent to one’s job as a surgeon. Precision cuts and a comfort with blood come to mind…
In the interview with Yahoo Movies, Roth elaborates;
“With each kill as he gets closer to finding the people that did this to his family, he gains a new skill. He gets better and better and better. So by the end of the film he’s really much closer to John McClane… The very things that make him a good surgeon are what eventually make him a great killer.”
Speaking of having a penchant for blood, it should be very cool to see what Roth brings to the table as a director here. We know the man can shoot violence. In fact, that was apparently part of his pitch to direct the film;
“I said, ‘I can give you spectacular death scenes that no one else can give you,’” he recalled. “‘I will give you stuff that people will be talking about for years.’”
All in all, it sounds like vicious fun. And we’re always excited to see something new from Eli Roth. If you want to read more from the interview, you can find it here.
The photos don’t reveal too much just yet, but damn it’s good to see Willis back in fighting form.
Stay tuned and we’ll share more Death Wish details as they come.
Death Wish opens November 22.