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For a few weeks now, the remake of "Death Wish" has been without a director. "The Grey"'s Joe Carnahan had been developing the remake of the 1974 revenge thriller (which starred Charles Bronson and was directed by the later Michael Winner) for some time, but couldn't come to an agreement with MGM and Paramount over the lead -- the filmmaker was long thought to have wanted to cast rising actor Frank Grillo, while the backers were said to want Bruce Willis -- and he departed the project last month. Well fortunately, the companies seem to have found their man, as Variety report that Gerardo Naranjo, the director of acclaimed Mexican drama "Miss Bala," has signed on to helm the picture. The 2011 film, about a beauty queen who becomes embroiled with a drug cartel south of the border, landed the filmmaker on a lot of radars, and he's had a number of projects on the boil, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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