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Sly Has A Death Wish
Remaking Bronson's, er, masterpiece?

05 November 2007  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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Sylvester Stallone sure is busy for a pensioner. Last year he stepped back into the ring for the cheesy-but-tasty Rocky Balboa; in the coming months we'll see him get medieval on various terrorist asses in John Rambo (as it's known today). And after he's finished roasting bad guys over an open fire in Malaysia, he'll be headed back to the US to perform the same service there, stepping into Charles Bronson's shoes in a remake of Death Wish.

Yup, that's right - another bad action franchise is being rebooted, but this time it's 1974's Michael Winner effort. Bronson then, and Sly now, plays a husband and father who goes all vigilante after his wife and daughter are attacked. So a fresh, new premise for a movie. Great.

Sly would direct as well as starring in the film. The script's set to be written by John Brancato and Michael Ferris, who wrote T3 and its forthcoming sequel - but of course all Hollywood's writers are on strike as of this morning, so Brancato and Ferris can't start work yet. Assuming that the strike doesn't last too long, production is slated to begin in March. That's the good news - the bad is that they're planning a potential franchise on the back of this remake. And as we all know, the only thing worse than a Death Wish remake is a Death Wish sequel.


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RE: RE:
Remaking a Michael Winner film...   Ha.   Well, it's not like he could do a worse job surely? More

Posted by Anthropos at 09:37 on 12 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Pete Docherty or Amy Winehouse would be better casting as someone with a death wish. More

Posted by Mason Verger at 16:43 on 09 November 2007 | Report This Post

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Dear oh dear   *bows head and weeps a little for Hollywood* More

Posted by IPFreely at 10:51 on 07 November 2007 | Report This Post

Gotta love him! Yeah, it's a remake but I love Sly. Watched Copland again the other night. It's a pity he can't get in on a movie of that quality again. What a cast... And Sly more than held his own against Big Bob and Harv. Can't WAIT for John Rambo, thought Rocky B was the best Rocky since... well, Rocky More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 19:00 on 06 November 2007 | Report This Post

Give us what we all really want Sly...
DEMOLITION MAN 2!!! More

Posted by directorscut at 17:17 on 06 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Sly Has A Death Wish
I'd be more excited if this was a remake of Death Wish 3.     More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 17:04 on 06 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Sly Has A Death Wish
Get Carter? Get fucked. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 16:47 on 06 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Sly Has A Death Wish
By all accounts, this doesn't sound like an appealing project, Sly rehashing an old franchise that was never good to begin with, and he's doing it from a script by the guys who did T3..but I'm still moderately interested regardless, being a major fan of Stallone, so what the hell. Bring on the bodies. More

Posted by Kazuya at 12:04 on 06 November 2007 | Report This Post

Sly Death Wish...
Cool.... More

Posted by philip_81 at 10:17 on 06 November 2007 | Report This Post

I love Death Wish. Is a remake really warranted though? Given the way society has changed over the three decades since it came out, a reworking could do well. Of course, there have been many sequels and rip-offs of it over the years, so any impact may be reduced. The Death Wish name, though, has a certain notoriety to it. We'll see. More

Posted by John Firth at 19:35 on 05 November 2007 | Report This Post

Make it REAAAALLLLLLYYY Violent
and yeah, I'll pay money to see it. More

Posted by coomi01 at 14:19 on 05 November 2007 | Report This Post

you asked for this Empire... you mentioned Winner
*puts on best Michael Winer impression* now, now... calm down dears, it's just a remake... I'm actually a very good director. and also... Stallone's gonna joust and make merry with donkeys? that film gets weirder and weirder. or as that mad kid Alice'd say, curiouser and curiouser. More

Posted by Adrian at 13:16 on 05 November 2007 | Report This Post

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L: Hughezy this is gona be Rambo In The City sp; and why not. I love Vigliante movies myself.   Time to gun down all those hoodies. More

Posted by JagLover at 11:35 on 05 November 2007 | Report This Post

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L: CameronJames I thought the idea behind remakes is to bring a new take to a story for a new generation, not cast someone whose old enough to have done it first time round sp; The plot of Deathwish is of a man in late middle age turning to vigilantism. So the actor needs to be in his mid forties at least. More

Posted by JagLover at 11:34 on 05 November 2007 | Report This Post

First Blood
Surely Sly could kill two birds with one stone and just call his new movie RAMBO : Death Wish........ works for me :P More

Posted by Tim_Bisley at 10:39 on 05 November 2007 | Report This Post

this is gona be Rambo In The City More

Posted by Hughezy at 10:25 on 05 November 2007 | Report This Post

He's really starting to clutch at straws, poor fucker.... More

Posted by dunkah at 10:19 on 05 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: And.....
It's Burma in John Rambo, not Malaysia!   I heard that the Brave One (Jodie Foster) was sort of a Death Wish remake too but I haven't seen it yet.     More

Posted by LEEJGM at 09:55 on 05 November 2007 | Report This Post

And.....
....didn't they more or less remake Death Wish about a month ago as Death Sentence? More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 09:20 on 05 November 2007 | Report This Post

Didn't he already kind of try this with Get Carter? And look how good that turned out ... Why waste time and money on something like a Death Wish remake? More

Posted by Jexxon at 08:55 on 05 November 2007 | Report This Post

I thought the idea behind remakes is to bring a new take to a story for a new generation, not cast someone whose old enough to have done it first time round More

Posted by CameronJames at 08:51 on 05 November 2007 | Report This Post

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