As Alex just wrote about, The Grey just scored the number one spot at the box office for its opening last weekend. Director Joe Carnahan was planning on using that success to finally get some of his passion projects made, namely Killing Pablo and White Jazz. But it seems another opportunity has arisen – one that seems to be a bit more in his wheelhouse. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Carnahan will next be writing and directing a remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson vigilante thriller, Death Wish.
THR mentions the possibility of Carnahan reuniting with his The Grey and The A-Team star Liam Neeson for Death Wish, with Neeson taking on the role that made Charles Bronson a star. There haven’t been any official discussions or deals made yet, but it sounds like perfect casting to me – especially if the finished product ends up with a January release, which Neeson has made his own since the surprise success of Taken.
If you were making the decision, who would you cast? Would you go with Neeson, or perhaps someone a bit more unconventional? I know Carnahan wants to work with A-Team star Bradley Cooper again, so maybe someone a little younger? Then again, Kevin Bacon did a pretty damn good job in Saw director James Wan’s take on similar material back in 2007 in a movie called Death Sentence, which was based on author Brian Garfield’s book sequel to “Death Wish.” Sound off in the comments with your choices, and let us know if you’re ready to revisit the revenge/vigilante genre on screen.