Joe Carnahan death wish script

Writer-director Joe Carnahan (Narc) exited the Death Wish remake over creative differences. He wrote the lead role with his frequent collaborator Frank Grillo (The Grey) in mind, but Paramount and MGM insisted on Bruce Willis starring in the film. That idea didn’t fly with Carnahan, so he went on to pursue other projects. Eli Roth (Knock Knock) eventually ended up in the director’s chair, but Carnahan has hopes of one day reworking his script into a film of his own.

Below, learn more about Joe Carnahan’s Death Wish script.

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Eli Roth’s ‘Death Wish’ Remake Casts Lead Villain

death wish remake villain

Eli Roth‘s Death Wish remake has cast Beau Knapp as the film’s lead villain… which is a sentence that actually speaks volumes about the kind of movie the new Death Wish will be. After all, Michael Winner’s original didn’t have a a lead villain, a choice that, by design, makes it one of the more disturbing revenge movies ever made. Let’s talk about this.

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Eli Roth halloween horror nights

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Hostel director Eli Roth lends his talents to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Visitors to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will get a Zootopia exclusive.
  • Disneyland is getting a villain and ghost-themed Halloween parade.
  • The dance troupe Jabbawockeez returns to Halloween Horror Nights.
  • California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is getting a temporary seasonal re-do.
  • Legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter shares an early design for a Mary Poppins ride.
  • A look at new decorations popping up for Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Early footage of the under-construction Star Trek: Operation Enterprise.
  • Check out the full map for Universal Studios Florida’s Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Go behind-the-scenes of the latest Frozen stage show.
  • And more!

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death wish cast

I’m still not sure if Bruce Willis is the right man to star in a remake of Death Wish. Hell, I’m still not sure if Death Wish is a movie that needs to be remade at all. And yet, I’m interested what a director like Eli Roth, a filmmaker with a penchant for getting really ugly, does with material this inherently dark and toxic. I’m especially interested now that he’s started filling out his supporting cast with character actors I would happily watch read the phone book. Vincent D’Onofrio and Dean Norris have joined the cast of Death Wish, which means the production has officially met its quota for stocky men who make that bald thing look really good.

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mission fear

Update: Well, it turns out this teaser looked really cheap for a reason! This is not a real movie, but viral marketing for the web series Junketeers. I tip my hat to Eli Roth playing along with the joke and readily admit that I was fooled…although I now feel a whole lot better knowing that this trailer doesn’t represent an actual project. The original article follows.

For a little while there, it looked like Eli Roth had vanished. Although he worked steadily as a producer in the years after the (surprisingly smart and deeply underrated) Hostel: Part II died a quick death at the box office, it took him a long time to return to the director’s chair. And now, he’s starting to pump movies out left and right. His cannibal movie throwback The Green Inferno divided audiences. His quasi-home invasion thriller Knock Knock riled up the corner of the film world that saw it. He’s set to direct Bruce Willis in the Death Wish remake and Jim Carrey in Aleister Arcane. Dare we call this a comeback? Can any of these new projects act as an apology for that dreadful Cabin Fever remake he allowed into the world?

Now we can add another movie to that pile. It seems that Roth has been working on a secret project called Mission: Fear and he’s personally unleashed the first teaser upon the internet.

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Eli Roth

This is a big week for Eli Roth. Just yesterday, the Knock Knock and The Green Inferno director became attached to direct Paramount’s remake of Death Wish, a project that’s had quite a few directors, most notably Joe Carnahan (The Grey), split from the Bruce Willis-led film over the years. Only a day later, news has come out that Roth will direct Jim Carrey in an adaptation of Steve Niles‘ (“3o Days of Night”) comic book “Aleister Arcane,” which was illustrated by Breehn Burns.

Below, learn more about Aleister Arcane.

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eli roth death wish

It’s been a rough road for Paramount’s upcoming remake of Death Wish, which been the subject of a few behind-the-scenes creative clashes. The project was first announced in 2012 with director Joe Carnahan at the helm, but Carnahan departed a year later over those dreaded “creative differences,” which may or may have involved the director wanting Frank Grillo in the lead role and the studio insisting on Bruce Willis. Miss Bala director Gerardo Naranjo was the next to take the job, but he quietly stepped away. Things finally seemed to be on track just a few months ago when Big Bad Wolves directors Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales signed on, but they departed not longer after, citing creative differences over the Bruce Willis-approved screenplay.

But maybe fourth time is the charm, because Eli Roth is the next one up to bat.

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31 release date

Everybody loves a clown, so why don’t you? Well, probably because the movies have taught us that clowns tend to be insane murderers at best and child-devouring supernatural entities at worst. Anyone willing to put on a red nose and a wig, cinema says, is someone you should not trust.

But hey, at least they make pretty solid fodder for horror movies and it’s starting to look like 2016 will be a banner year for the “evil clowns kill a bunch of people” subgenre. 31 and Clown, both about evil circus folk and both represented by noteworthy filmmakers, have landed release dates. Nightmares do come true!

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Meg Director

An adaptation of Meg (short for “megalodon”) has been in the works for almost 20 years. Back in 2007, director Jan de Bont (Speed) was attached to the a version produced by Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak), but after two and a half years of production and millions of dollars spent, New Line pulled the plug.

The killer shark movie has seen signs of life over the years. Eli Roth (Knock Knock) recently signed on to direct Meg, but after being attached for less than a year, he’s dropped out. Now, the director of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Cool RunningsJon Turteltaub, is Roth’s potential replacement.

Learn more about Meg below.

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cabin fever remake

It’s been a long 13 years since Eli Roth‘s directorial debut, Cabin Fever, so fans of the film are finally getting the remake they’ve always wanted. Kidding aside, yes, the remake of Roth’s horror movie is due out in theaters next month, and there’s now a trailer for the film.

Check it out below.

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