The remake of the film Death Wish has found it’s Paul Kersey in Bruce Willis
Paul Kersey was originally played by Charles Bronson in the 1974 film which went on to spawn four sequels. The film was based off a book by the same name which was written by Brian Garfield. In the film Paul Kersey is a successful architect living in New York which has ever increased crime rates. Kersey’s wife and daughter end up being attacked by muggers in which his wife is killed and daughter sexually assaulted. Fed up with the crime in his city and the attack on his family, Paul Kersey becomes a vigilante taking the law into his own hands.
Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado who helmed the film Big Bad Wolves in 2013 are set to direct. This new version of the film will reportedly stick closer to the novel than the 1974 film. In the novel, the main character was a man by the named of Paul Benjamin who is a CPA opposed to an architect.
This is not the first time MGM has tried to get a new Death Wish developed. In 2006, Sylvester Stallone was set to direct and star in a remake of the film but dropped out just before the end of that year. In 2012, Joe Carnahan was reportedly attached to write and direct the remake but left the film in 2013. Gerardo Naranjo was then attached to the project to direct which never developed.
Death Wish was a commercial success back in 1974 a resonated with the public giving the increasing crime rates. The film was attacked by many critics though for advocating the vigilantism shown in the film and harsh punishment dealt with criminals. What do you think about the court systems and criminals in the country today? Are vigilantes like Paul Kersey and The Punisher something we need? Be sure to let us know in the comments below and check back for future updates.