The Grey Director Joe Carnahan Hired for Death Wish Remake
01.31.12 by Ryan
Director Joe Carnahan's previous movie, the 2010 remake of The A-Team, suffered from lousy reviews and poor box office that essentially killed any talk of a sequel, but Carnahan is riding high after his latest movie, the survivalist action movie The Grey, opened at number one at the box office. Following The Grey's success, Carnahan has already lined up his next project, a remake of Michael Winner's 1974 crime thriller Death Wish.
The LA Times reports that Carnahan has been hired to write and direct the Death Wish remake for Paramount and MGM. The original starred Charles Bronson as a mild-mannered architect who becomes a vigilante after his wife and daughter are brutally attacked. Four sequels followed, ending with Death Wish V in 1994. A remake has been in development for years, with Sylvester Stallone considering the project at one point, describing the story as a "classic morality tale" in 2009. After years of being stuck in development, Carnahan will direct the remake instead.
The move is a slight surprise for Carnahan fans (Carnhanians?), as the director recently admitted that what he wanted to direct next was an adaptation of Mark Bowden's book Killing Pablo, which documented the efforts to stop Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar by the US and Colombia governments. "That’s where the soul beats," Carnahan said earlier this month.
Perhaps Killing Pablo will happen after the Death Wish remake. Until then, Carnahan will have to write the movie and then cast Liam Neeson in the lead role. Er, cast the movie with whomever he chooses.