The directing duo behind the Israeli revenge movie Big Bad Wolves have a Death Wish.
Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are in negotiations to direct Death Wish, MGM and Paramount’s long-in-the-works remake of the 1974 vigilante movie that starred Charles Bronson.
Bruce Willis is attached to star in the remake, which is being produced by Roger Birnbaum.
The original film was an adaptation of a novel by Brian Garfield and told of a man who goes on a revenge spree after his wife is killed and his daughter is sexually assaulted.
The movie struck a nerve with audiences who were facing the decade’s high crime rate and reinvented the career of Bronson, then 53. It also set off a long list of sequels.
MGM has long tried to load a remake into its chamber only to shoot blanks. Joe Carnahan last wrote the script and was planning to direct, but that was in 2012.
2013’s Wolves told the story of a tainted police officer and father of a girl who was assaulted and murdered, who both kidnap the man they think is responsible. They plan on torturing him to find out information, but things don’t go as planned.
Keshales and Papushado are repped by WME.