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‘Death Wish’ Loses Joe Carnahan

Charles Bronson, Joe Carnahan
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Joe Carnahan has had some of the worst luck in Hollywood as his list of almost-made films is nearly as long as his actual resume. And now another title can be added to the pile of almosts as Carnahan has exited the ‘Death Wish‘ remake.

This comes after he scrambled to make a ‘Daredevil‘ reboot for Fox in their attempt to hold on to the character (the rights to ‘Daredevil’ reverted to Marvel). Carnahan was public about how that project fell apart because they just didn’t have enough time to get it into production before the rights lapsed. Here, according to Deadline Hollywood, Carnahan and the producers couldn’t agree on who would fill the shoes of Charles Bronson. The studio wanted Bruce Willis, while Carnahan wanted someone else. Carnahan responded on Twitterto the announcement with this: “You stick to your guns. You walk what you talk and you only make the things and do the work you love and believe in.”

Carnahan has also been attached to ‘A Walk Amongst the Tombstones’ and an adaptation of James Ellroy’s ‘White Jazz,’ and both those projects came pretty close to being made before getting shut down or put in development hell. But in some ways, not remaking ‘Death Wish’ might be dodging a bullet. The original was the story of an ordinary man who resorts to vigilante justice after his wife is murdered and his daughter is raped. Putting something like that out in the context of modern gun control issues and events like the Trayvon Martin shooting would make the film a hot potato, and that could make any studio nervous.

If the studio still wants Willis, it’s possible they may go ahead with another director. We’ll keep you updated on this if it does move forward.

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