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Soon after news broke that MGM and Paramount tapped The Grey‘s Joe Carnahan to write and helm a remake of the Charles Bronson classic Death Wish, the director took to Twitter to explain his take on the film.
Guys. I’m doing ‘Death Wish.’ But this version is a re-imagining of the book 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. … Refn did a phenomenal job shooting L.A. It took on a different dimension. That’s the key. … The only role I’m writing in ‘Death Wish’ which will mark the ONE time I’ve ever written exclusively for an actor, will be for @FrankGrillo.
Frank Grillo is a model turned actor whose resume include Prison Break, Guiding Light, The Gates and the Carnahan-directed The Grey, which topped the office last weekend.
The book Carnahan referred to is the 1974 novel of the same name by Brian Garfield that spawned the original film series. In it, accountant Paul Benjamin leaves his liberal ways behind in favor of vigilante justice after his wife and daughter are assaulted and his wife killed. The super-fit Grillo will definitely be a step away from the image of the haggard older man presented by Bronson in the original, but how that change the overall story remains to be seen.