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Nowadays, WrestleMania storylines too often take the form of vanity projects. Participants in the higher-profile matches crave emphatic victories over their iconic foes for aparently no other reasons except to have a ‘WrestleMania moment’, or to boost their own ‘legacy’.
Whatever happened to the storylines where somebody would be horribly wronged, bide their time, and then annihilate the villain in front of wrestling’s largest viewing audience? If anything, I’d wager the increasing disconnect between the audience and the product is due to an increasing lack in such stories. From Rocky Balboa to Frank Castle to Bruce Wayne to Paul Kersey (that’s Charles Bronson in Death Wish, kiddos), there are plenty of three-dimensional characters through the ages that prove there’s money to be made in selling revenge fantasies.
Wrestling used to be pretty good at this in the days before the executives would pat themselves »
- Justin Henry
Deadline is reporting that Bruce Willis has signed on for the lead role of Paul Kersey in the upcoming Death Wish remake from Paramount Pictures, which is to be directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves).
Based on Brian Garfield’s 1972 novel, the first Death Wish movie was directed by Michael Winner and starred Charles Bronson as Kersey, an architect who seeks revenge when he wife is murdered and his daughter sexually assaulted. The film was released in 1974 and was followed by four sequels, the last of which came in 1994.
- Gary Collinson
After languishing in development for several years, Paramount and MGM's long-awaited Death Wish remake is finally moving forward. Deadline reports that Bruce Willis has signed on to star, with Israeli filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves) coming aboard to direct. Paramount and MGM will distribute the remake, which hopes to get production started this summer.
The original 1974 Death Wish starred Charles Bronson as an ordinary man who becomes a dangerous vigilante after his wife is killed by street thugs, who also raped his daughter. Joe Carnahan was initially attached to direct, and he also wrote a draft of the screenplay, before he dropped out of the project back in 2013. The filmmaker left the project over a casting dispute, since both Paramount and MGM wanted to cast Bruce Willis, but the director wanted to go in a different direction.
We reported in 2012 that Joe Carnahan wanted to cast »
The Israeli directing team helmed the 2013 black comedy “Big Bad Wolves,” which was an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Paramount released the original “Death Wish,” starring Charles Bronson, in 1974 with Michael Winner directing and Dino De Laurentiis producing. The $3 million film was a major success, grossing $22 million at the box office.
Former MGM co-chairman Roger Birnbaum is producing the new project. He was a producer on the “Rush Hour” franchise, “Bruce Almighty” and 2009’s “Star Trek” before joining with Spyglass partner Gary Barber to take over MGM in 2010. Birnbaum returned to producing in 2013.
Joe Carnahan, Dan Gilroy and Graham Yost have worked on the script for the remake. The 1974 original was based on the Brian Garfield novel about vigilante Paul Kersey, who goes after criminals when his wife is murdered and his daughter »
- Dave McNary
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