There is a remake for Death Wish coming out this November and it stars one of the premiere action heroes; Bruce Willis. Willis, however, hasn’t had a major box office success in quite some time and the movie is being directed by Eli Roth who is known for horror and gore and not action. Yahoo Movies has a first look at the movie and an interview with Roth as he talks about the changes that were made and what he’s trying to accomplish with this remake.
“We wanted to bring back that great, classic Bruce Willis we all know and love and just do a fun, badass update of a revered classic,” Roth told Yahoo Movies. “I wanted to bring Bruce back to that Fifth Element, Unbreakable, Die Hard glory and have him craft another iconic performance, and I really think he did it. I mean I really think this can be his Taken. The fun is watching him go crazy and watching someone slowly move the moral goal post.”
There have been a few major changes from the original such as changing Paul Kersey (Willis) from an architect to surgeon and moving the location from New York to Chicago. New York is not seen as the “dangerous city” that it was when the original came out and Chicago has had a rise in homicides over the years.
“We tried to keep it real, but this isn’t the movie to fully tackle that subject matter because it’s so grim and it’s such a big problem, you’re not gonna solve it in a film like Death Wish.”
Roth went on to talk about what makes his main character and Death Wish different from other action movies.
“What’s interesting about Death Wish is it’s not a CIA guy who’s coming out of retirement, you know, he’s not John Wick, he’s not a professional assassin,” Roth said. “He’s a normal guy, he’s a surgeon, he’s a dad, he’s never picked up a gun in his life. And with each kill as he gets closer to finding the people that did this to his family, he gains a new skill. He gets better and better and better. So by the end of the film he’s really much closer to John McClane… The very things that make him a good surgeon are what eventually make him a great killer.”
This Kersey learns how to handle a gun by watching a video on youtube which is all a cute little twist but, thus far, there doesn’t appear to be anything here that indicates why this movie is going to be any different from every other revenge movie out there (that probably stars Liam Neeson).
A mild-mannered father is transformed into a killing machine after his family is torn apart by a violent act.
Death Wish, directed by Eli Roth, will star Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Jack Kesy, and Dean Norris. It will be released on November 22, 2017.