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Joe Carnahan Talks Death Wish, Wants The Grey’s Grillo to Star

Frank Grillo

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.


  • Lewis4510

    So they get an underwear model turned “actor” to play a role made famous by an icon like Charles Bronson. Did they not learn anything from the failure of The Mechanic? That had Jason Statham going for it and it still bombed.

  • Mhalteman

    Um, “haggard older man”?  You do know that Charles Bronson was one of the fittest actors around, even in his mid-fifties, when “Death Wish” was made, don’t you?  Of course you do.  Just checking.  Just because he wasn’t pretty didn’t mean he wasn’t in shape.  And he hardly had a “haggard” appearance.

  • Orphan

    Thanks for warning me regarding “The Mechanic”.It was one of the best if not ,the best, Bronson flick for me and I was surprised to see it “remade”. I didn’t think it did very well and was kind of a “lost” Bronson movie.What is it about Statham that he has such a series of misses most of the time he is outside the Richie umbrella?