death wish remake

A remake of the 1974 classic Death Wish has been in the works for quite some time now, but development has seen its fair share of speed bumps. The film was originally a passion project for director Joe Carnahan, who wanted Frank Grillo to star, but he dropped out once the studio insisted on casting Bruce Willis. Then Gerardo Naranjo stepped in to direct, but nothing came of that.

Now, two new filmmakers are attached to the project and this thing suddenly has my undivided attention all over again. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado may not be household names, but this duo has been on the rise and their track record suggests that they’re a perfect match for a new Death Wish.

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Hudson Hawk
These days, every movie that comes out seems to generate a think piece. In the days before the internet, think pieces were mostly relegated to the biggest and best films. Really it’s only been in the last 10 years of prolific websites and social media that think pieces have expanded and thrived. I wish there had been websites and social media when I was a young movie fan. Think of all the think pieces I never got to write! Well, it’s not too late. If I’d been a professional writer in 1991, and there were website with unlimited space and social media to promote it, this is the think piece I would have written: “The Failure of ‘Hudson Hawk‘ Means We Can’t Have Nice Things.” So let’s take a De Lorean back to 1991 and see if we can change history and make Hudson Hawk a hit with this think piece!

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precious cargo trailer

It’s tough to pinpoint exactly when Bruce Willis stopped giving a shit, mainly because he’s still capable of great work. His tremendous performance in Rian Johnson’s Looper goes a long way to helping cancel out those past few Die Hard sequels, although it’s a bit harder to forgive his phoned-in paycheck jobs in movies like Vice and Fire With Fire. Those last two titles don’t ring a bell? Exactly.

Willis plays the villain in Precious Cargo and if the trailer is any indication, it’s another quick, in-and-out gig in a project that otherwise looks like it somehow escaped the DTV realm. After all, the star of gigantic hits like The Sixth Sense and Armageddon is credited beneath Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who has apparently decided to try out this whole action hero thing.

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die heard

What’s with all the origin stories these days? Are audiences asking for them? Do studios think movie fans want their favorite characters demystified and explained to death? Isn’t a character’s behavior enough to illustrate where they’ve been and what they’ve seen? Apparently not, which is why we hear so much news about origin stories and prequels. One of the most notable “untold stories” we’ll see soon is Die Hard Year One, a prequel/sequel fans have been weary of ever since it was announced.

Below, director Len Wiseman explains his approach to the Die Hard prequel.

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Die Hard

When Len Wiseman posed a picture of the title Die Hard: Year One, early reports suggested that Bruce Willis would only appear in two bookending sequences to introduce and close out a story about younger John McClane. But when I spoke to Wiseman one-on-one, he clarified that Willis will be in more than two scenes.  Read More »

Extraction Trailer

If you’re in the market for an action thriller, but you don’t really care if the story is formulaic, the performances are terrible, and it looks like everybody phoned it in, then we have good news.

The first trailer for the new movie Extraction has arrived, and while you’re normally used to seeing Bruce Willis save the day, this time he’s the one who needs saving. Kellan Lutz plays his son, who is both deadly and a government analyst, and must try to save his father, and by association millions of people threatened by a terrorist plot. It’s just as bland as it sounds. Read More »

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2

We’ve got a couple of casting updates, a seemingly cancelled project, and much more. After the jump:

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back adds Robert Catrini.
  • Social Network‘s Abhi Sinha joins Conjuring 2.
  • Warner Bros. pulls Project XX from its schedule.
  • Peyton Reed imagines a Bring It On sequel.
  • Simon Pegg talks about writing Star Trek Beyond.
  • Bruce Willis responds to that Die Hard 6 fan pitch.
  • No, Daniel Radcliffe won’t be back for Cursed Child.
  • The original Aliens comic is getting a fancy deluxe edition.

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Mark Millar Die Hard Pitch

The Die Hard franchise is in a bit of rut. The last installment in the series, A Good Day to Die Hard, not only completely missed the appeal of John McClane (Bruce Willis), but it was also just a bad movie. For the next sequel, Die Hard Year One, Fox has decided to take a different approach by bringing back director Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) and setting part of the story in 1979, showing how McClane became the cop we all know.

A few days ago Eric D. Wilkinson, a producer and writer of indies, took out a full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter with his pitch for the next Die Hard, which comic book writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) has now expanded upon.

Read Mark Millar’s Die Hard pitch after the jump.

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die hard prequel

Bruce Willis has given many superb performances in many superb movies. He has proven himself to be the consummate “everyman” action hero and he has held his own opposite some of the best actors in the business. He had the good taste to work with Quentin Tarantino, Rian Johnson, and M. Night Shyamalan before they were well-known and could attract movie stars like a metal to magnet. When he’s on, Bruce Willis is very good at what he does and a joy to watch perform.

We’ve got to say all of this nice stuff up front because we’re going to get awfully mean very soon. Because Willis has officially started talking about Die Hard: Year Zero, aka, one of the worst-sounding ideas to emerge from Hollywood in ages, and he thinks it is “a very good idea” and a “really cool idea.” This leads to one of two conclusions: Either Mr. Willis is crazy, or he’s already planning how he’ll spend that sweet, sweet paycheck that will come with appearing in the film’s modern-day bookends.

You can find Willis’ words on the Die Hard prequel after the jump.

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