Eli Roth to Direct Death Wish Reboot Starring Bruce Willis
THR is reporting that Green Inferno director and Clown producer Eli Roth has closed a deal to helm the Death Wish reboot, which will star Bruce Willis. Typically known for horror-based fare like the torture-porn Hostel series and the Netflix-run Hemlock Grove, Roth has been venturing out from his milieu lately. His latest work was the Keanu Reeves thriller Knock Knock. In addition to producing, directing, occasionally acting, Roth also hosts the Discovery Channel Shark Week after-show Shark After Dark.
Hopefully, the remake will take a similar tone to the original, but it would also benefit from some modern day inspirations (and even some self-awareness) to avoid becoming just another uninspired Hollywood reboot. Of course, the original Death Wish was a response to fears of rising crime and police despondency in the ’70s. The series spawned a series of continuously more outlandish sequels, though, so it will be interesting to see which direction Roth and the screenwriters take with the reboot. Willis, in returning to his Die Hard roots, certainly has the right chops to play the grizzled vigilante.