Joe Carnahan Retracts His DEATH WISH!
This is disappointing news.
Deadline is reporting that "creative differences" have driven director Joe Carnahan from Paramount's in-development remake of DEATH WISH. At issue was the lead: Paramount-MGM wanted Bruce Willis to play Paul Kersey, Carnahan wanted someone else.
In a May 2012 interview with The Kidd, Carnahan stated that he wanted to head in a more realistic direction.
I said this in the past, that material was originally intended for Sidney Lumet and Jack Lemmon. That’s who was going to make DEATH WISH and that fascinates me, the idea of those two guys making that movie. So that’s what I’m kind of interested in revisiting and not so much the novel as so much the notion of vengeance, the notion of what it’s like to take a relatively or completely peaceful man, not necessarily a pacifist, but a peaceful man, a guy who has not known violence in his life and introduce it in such a horrific fashion that it fundamentally alters you, you know, genetically, it does something to you that you can’t undo. So it’s much more of a psychological attack on DEATH WISH...
If Carnahan was sticking to this notion, I'm not surprised he walked. While I adore Bruce Willis, if he played Paul Kersey we'd spend the entirety of the film waiting for him to start killing thugs. It'd be just like the original. Though Charles Bronson gave a fine performance in Michael Winner's film, there was no shock value to seeing the star of countless westerns and war movies picking up a gun. With Willis, the transformation from "peaceful man" to vigilante would be obligatory: "When's Bruce Willis gonna go Bruce Willis on these scumbags?". At best, this would be Willis's UNFORGIVEN - the reawakening of violence in a one-time violent man.
But let's say Carnahan cast someone like Paul Rudd. Could you imagine an amiable fellow like Rudd shooting down a violent criminal? If written, directed and performed truthfully, that would blow your mind.
I don't know who Carnahan favored for the lead, but it certainly wasn't one of the biggest action stars of the last thirty years. If this truly represents Paramount-MGM's vision of Paul Kersey, I couldn't be less interested. Here's hoping Carnahan moves on to KILLING PABLO or something similarly badass.
Readers Talkbackcomments powered by Disqus
- Capone feels slightly in limbo about HEAVEN IS FOR REAL!!! -- 198 total posts 173 posts
- Capone desperately wants to pull the plug on TRANSCENDENCE!!! -- 158 total posts 114 posts
- Harry rambles fondly about Eli Roth's THE GREEN INFERNO a real red meat Jungle Cannibalism kinda movie! -- 194 total posts 51 posts
- Does This X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST International Poster Get you X-Cited?? -- 558 total posts 35 posts
- Watch the Opening 3 Minutes of Joss Whedon's IN YOUR EYES! -- 180 total posts 23 posts
- Two Images From Michael Fassbender’s MACBETH Movie!! -- 111 total posts 21 posts
- Check Out Thomas Haden Church in this Trailer for WHITEWASH! -- 66 total posts 10 posts
- ‘There Is Only One Hell!!’ Stannis, Davos, Melissandre, Varys, Bran, Hodor, Reek And The Bastard Of Bolton Return For Tonight’s Big Second GAME OF THRONES Of 2014!! -- 356 total posts 9 posts
- REAL HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION Premiere!! The Return Of ORPHAN BLACK!! Hallmark’s A LESSON IN ROMANCE!! Lifetime’s A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT!! Herc’s Saturday TV Talkback!! -- 7 total posts 7 posts
- So, what's Steven Spielberg's slate looking like these days? -- 191 total posts 7 posts