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Eli Roth to direct Bruce Willis in Death Wish remake

Eli Roth, director of Hostel: Part II

Story by Jack Foley

HORROR maestro Eli Roth is to direct MGM and Paramount’s long-gestating remake of the 1974 vigilante movie Death Wish that starred Charles Bronson.

Bruce Willis is already attached to star in the project, which will follow a man who goes on a revenge spree after his wife is killed and his daughter is sexually assaulted.

Michael Winner directed the notorious original, which starred Bronson, and which struck a nerve with audiences. It spawned several sequels and gave the career of its leading man, who was then 53, a major boost.

The remake has been in development for some time, with Joe Carnahan the most recent director to be attached – but he left in 2012.

The current script has been written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski, but is still inspired by the book by Brian Garfield.

For Roth, the filmmaker behind horror hits Cabin Fever and Hostel, the Death Wish marks another step away from out-and-out horror, following Knock Knock, a sexual thriller that starred Keanu Reeves.

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