Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: Get 12 Issues For £25
Buy the perfect Christmas present this year
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
19 December 2014
First Look At Jessica Chastain In Crimson Peak
She's dressed to impress
True Story Trailer Arrives
James Franco has a tale to tell
Bill Murray Will Sing As Baloo For The Jungle Book
He knows the Bare Necessities
New American Sniper Trailer Online
Bradley Cooper shoots to kill
Tak3n Becomes A 12A
Bryan Mills adds 'killing with kindness' to his skills...
Anthony Mackie Will Make A Wish
He's set for a new comedy
Robert Rodriguez Officially Set For Fire And Ice
Sony has bought the project
The Martian Script Goes Interstellar
Exclusive look at Ridley Scott’s space-bound artwork
Podcast #142: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Tim Burton
Featuring The Interview(s)
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
27 November 2014
Kevin Bacon Is Off To A Jungle
For Greg McLean's new survival thriller
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Fast And Furious 7
03 April 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Empire Star Rating
R. I. P. D. (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Insidious Chapter 2 (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Conjuring (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Joe Carnahan Updates On Death Wish
It's a return to the novel... sort of

01 February 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Joe Carnahan's Twitter Feed

submit to reddit

Joe Carnahan Updates On Death Wish

It's just a couple of days since the announcement that, hot from The Grey's establishing itself as alpha at the box office, director Joe Carnahan was in the frame for a new version of Death Wish. There was no actual word from Carnahan at that point, but he's now taken to his Twitter account to share some thoughts on his approach to the hoary Charles Bronson pseudo-classic.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the line taken is that Carnahan is returning to Brian Garfield's original novel for inspiration. First published in 1972, the book actually revolves around an accountant named Paul Benjamin, rather than an architect called Paul Kersey, and is rather more ambivalent about its violent 'hero'.

Michael Winner's film version - which had passed through the hands of Sidney Lumet and Jack Lemmon on its way to the screen - eventually took the path of scuzzy exploitation, and was much disliked by Garfield. While the films went their own way, Garfield wrote his own sequel in 1975; Death Sentence was loosely adapted by James Wan in 2007, with Kevin Bacon. 

"I'm doing Death Wish," Carnahan confirms, "but this version is a re-imagining of the book." Fundamentally, by reimagining, he seems to principally mean relocation. "It's set in present-day Los Angeles: the LA of Collateral. It's on buses, cabs, metro trains. I want to show an unseen version of LA: LA on foot, prowling, hunting, the vast emptiness of downtown... Nicholas Winding Refn did a phenomenal job shooting LA [with Drive]. It took on a different dimension. That's the key."

Carnahan says he's writing a part specifically for The Grey's Frank Grillo - "The one time I've ever written exclusively for an actor" - but later clarified that it isn't the Bronson role. He also insists that Killing Pablo, his biopic of the Colombian drugs kingpin Pablo Escobar based on Mark Bowden's bestseller, is still very much a going concern: "It's basically greenlit. Nothing is postponed. Killing Pablo is happening. I'm not letting that one slip away."

If "nothing is postponed", it looks like we can expect Killing Pablo first. In the meantime, watch this space for more Death Wish updates.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Another New Writer For Robocop
Nick Schenk takes a turn
Denzel Washington Could Be The Equalizer
Update: He's in!

Your Comments

Liam Neeson
End of. More

Posted by stephen_se9 at 09:28 on 01 February 2012 | Report This Post

"Fill Your Hand..."
Death Wish was set in 70s New York which had a huge problem with crime, but they managed to stamp it out. So a new Death Wish wouldn't work there. Death Wish II was set in LA. They need to eliminate the whole Janechill midsection where Kersey goes out West and the movie goes off the point. They also have to have the hero find and confront the muggers who attacked his family instead of killing random muggers who had nothing to do with it. More

Posted by BenTramer at 08:33 on 01 February 2012 | Report This Post

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 69% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Review Of The Year: 10 Best Soundtracks Of 2014
The scores and OSTs to add to your playlist

Watch: Night At The Museum's Cast Share Their Favourite Robin Williams Performance
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ben Kingsley pay tribute to the actor

Watch: Jack O'Connell And Luke Treadaway Talk Unbroken
On POWs, panto and how to name your bomber

Review Of 2014: The 15 Best Cameos Of The Year
Our favourite one-scene movie-stealers

8 Things You Can Learn From The BFI's Star Wars Exhibition
The original crawl, a 'grotesque' villain and a very different princess

Review Of The Year: 40 Worst Posters Of 2014
One-sheets that you'd rather not have on your wall

Hobbit Q&As: Ian McKellen On Finally Saying Goodbye And Farewell To Gandalf The Grey
Read our exclusive Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies interviews

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)