death wish trailer

Bruce Willis with a gun is perhaps one of the most familiar images we could see on the big screen. But there is something quietly discomfiting about Willis wielding a gun in Eli Roth‘s remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson revenge thriller Death Wish.

Perhaps it’s the remarkably unsubtle way that Roth portrays a man dealing with grief after his wife was killed and his daughter rendered comatose by home invaders, producing a trigger-happy thriller about the glories of vigilantism. Perhaps it’s the terrible timing with the U.S. still in disarray over gun laws and mass shootings. But hey, at least we get to see Bruce Willis do what he does best.

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The Meg

Steve Alten‘s 1997 novel Meg finally makes its way to the big screen with The Meg, a new shark-tastic film from National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub. Jason Statham stars as a former Navy diver who gets hired to rescue a scientists trapped in an underwater research facility. There’s just one problem: a giant prehistoric shark wants to make a meal out of Statham and company. And now we have our first look at the film.

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Death Wish Remake Trailer

You know the old stand-by story about a man losing a loved one thanks to the activities of some ruthless criminals who goes on a wave of revenge to take down the people responsible. It’s a cinematic trope of action movies, and somehow, it’s still done in a fresh way with movies like John Wick. But it looks like Bruce Willis‘ latest attempt to deliver a revenge thriller doesn’t pack the same punch.

Death Wish is a classic revenge thriller from 1974, though the Charles Bronson version doesn’t exactly have the most politically correct storyline by today’s standards. The sequels that followed ventured into ridiculous territory from there, and it looks like Eli Roth‘s remake of the original, with Bruce Willis in the lead, is more in tune with those later films.

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Death Wish first look

With the Death Wish remake, director Eli Roth wants to bring back the Bruce Willis we love. The Bruce Willis we want to pay to see on a Friday night in a theater, not catch in a new straight-to-VOD crime movie. Nothing against those movies or jobs for Willis, but not often enough do we see Willis in an action movie or thriller that lets his talents shine. Roth sounds confident his remake of Michael Winner‘s 1974 film will “bring back that great, classic Bruce Willis.”

Below, check out the Death Wish first look.

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Eli Roth Amblin Project

Hostel and Knock Knock director Eli Roth now has two projects in the works at Amblin Entertainment. The newly announced pic, The House With A Clock In Its Walls, will star Jack Black and be produced by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac). It’s an adaptation of John Bellairs and illustrator Edward Gorey‘s 1973 novel, which is a part of a 12-part series.

Below, learn more about the new Eli Roth Amblin project.

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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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