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Joe Carnahan Says 'Death Wish' Will Be A Contemporary Remake Based On The Book, Frank Grillo Eyed For A Role

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 1, 2012 at 12:24PM

Yesterday, Twitter enthusiast Joe Carnahan promised his followers he would provide an update on the just announced remake of "Death Wish" he will be writing and directing. And, for those who stayed glued to their feeds, they got a little bigger window into what "The Grey" helmer has planned.
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Death Wish Joe Carnahan Frank Grillo

Yesterday, Twitter enthusiast Joe Carnahan promised his followers he would provide an update on the just announced remake of "Death Wish" he will be writing and directing. And, for those who stayed glued to their feeds, they got a little bigger window into what "The Grey" helmer has planned.

"Guys," he tweeted, "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."

This of course, would be a change up from the Brian Garfield novel (and the Charles Bronson movie) which is set in New York City, but really, the metropolis it takes place in is not key to the story. That said, the decision to set Paul Kersey loose amongst a grimy L.A. is a pretty good one. As far as who will play the lead? Well, while most assume that it will be Liam Neeson at this point, Carnahan is staying mum, only revealing he is writing with somebody in mind. However, he did add that "Warrior" and "The Grey" star Frank Grillo will have a role in the film.

"Nobody said anything about Frank playing the Kersey part," Carnahan emphasized, "Relax folks. We have a plan." If we had to make a wild guess, we think he might play Ames Jainchill who shows Paul the ropes and gives him a gun.

Oh and Joe, if you're reading this? The original film had a score by Herbie Hancock -- here's hoping you do something similarly inspired here. [via ComingSoon]

This article is related to: Frank Grillo, Joe Carnahan, Death Wish


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