Newswire: Eli Roth to class up the Death Wish remake

As The A.V. Club‘s Vadim Rizov pointed out in his Run The Series feature, the Death Wish movies start off unpleasant, and end up downright icky. Like it or not, it’s not the ’70s anymore, and rebooting a trigger-happy cultural relic like this one is a delicate prospect. What MGM and Paramount need is someone with a subtle touch, someone who can turn a critical eye to the lone-wolf vigilantism, regressive racial and sexual politics, and fascist morality of Charles Bronson’s mild-mannered architect-turned-one-man army Paul Kersey, providing meta-commentary on the state of American masculinity as a result. Or they could just hire Eli Roth.

The studios have opted with the latter, according to Deadline, which says the gig is Roth’s attempt “to move from his bloody genre-film origins to studio fare.” (Seems like more of a lateral move, but whatever.) Bruce Willis is still set …

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