Sylvester Stallone is looking to remake the 1974 Charles Bronson film Death Wish. MGM is in talks with Stallone to star and direct the film. Death Wish is the story of a man who goes vigilante after his wife and daughter are attacked. Michael Ferris and John Brancato are set to write the script, and Stallone’s long term partner, Kevin King, will be the producer.
Paramount Pictures controls some of the rights to the original film, and has the option to partner in on this remake. As long as the writer’s strike is settled soon, the film is scheduled to start production in March.
Death Wish is just the first of many that MGM is planning on making a resurgence with. “We are looking at our library to determine which potential franchise properties make the most sense for us to produce,” said MGM Chief Operating Officer Rick Sands.
I do enjoy the original Death Wish a lot. Charles Bronson is a total bad ass. However, for the most part, I’m not really a fan of remakes. When a studio openingly admits to looking at their library to see what films that can re-make, that’s a clear sign that they are running out of ideas.
– Jeff Heimbuch