Joe Carnahan’s Remaking ‘Death Wish!’

The director of The Grey will write and direct a new version of the Charles Bronson vigilante classic.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Riding high on the box office success of The Grey last weekend, director Joe Carnahan was probably free to write his own ticket over the last few days. He told us that he was going to take this opportunity to finally make his adaptation of Killing Pablo, the true story of America's efforts to take down Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar, but it looks like that's not the case. He obviously got a flood of offers recently, and a remake of Michael Winner's gritty crime drama Death Wish was probably too good to pass up. Ye

Yes, the Los Angeles Times revealed the Joe Carnahan will turn his masculine eye to a Death Wish remake, courtesy of MGM and Paramount. The original film starred Charles Bronson as a mild-mannered architect who turns vigilante after his wife and daughter are sexually assaulted by Jeff Goldblum in a jughead hat. That description is 100% true, by the way. Although the film spawned four action-oriented equels over two decades, the original Death Wish was a comparatively thoughtful examination of contemporary attitudes towards diminishing moral values. Critics of the film complained that it glorified vigilante violence, which wasn't entirely true, although the sequels sure as hell did.

Given how diluted the Death Wish brand became by Death Wish V: Faces of Death, and the nearly 20 years since that film even came out, a Death Wish remake actually makes a modicum of sense. And in the hands of Carnahan, who really knows how to make a dramatic thriller when he sets his mind to it, it could be a real winner. (No Michael Winner puns intended.) Here's hoping he doesn't pull any of that hyper-stylized Smokin' Aces malarky on us with this one.

CraveOnline will be back with more Death Wish news after we figure out where you can even buy a jughead hat.