First Death Wish Photos Show Bruce Willis Out for Revenge

Posted August 04, 2017

What's interesting about "Death Wish" is it's not a Central Intelligence Agency guy who's coming out of retirement, you know, he's not John Wick, he's not a professional assassin.

Indeed, this Death Wish trailer could easily be mistaken for an unseen Die Hard sequel that's taken the quippy John McClane down a slightly darker path while maintaining a macabre levity. "Who are you?" one drug-dealer asks him. For Roth, this is his first foray into the action genre after making his name with horror films like Cabin Fever, Hostel, and The Green Inferno.

The original 1974 version of Death Wish (which was based on a 1972 novel by Brian Garfield) was extremely controversial at the time it was released, but it wasn't billed as fun. It's been awhile since Willis has played the lead in an action film that just about anyone would call truly great - and casting him also brings along all of his John McClane baggage, as that character has evolved into nearly a superhero in latter Die Hard entries.

Alas, here we're left with the Death Wish remake that MGM wanted to see, as envisioned by Roth, and to be honest I'm not quite sure what to make of it just yet.

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The Charles Bronson "Death Wish" franchise is being rebooted with Bruce Willis now taking the law into his own hands on the streets of Chicago. With the police overloaded with crimes, he vigilantly hunts his family's assailants to deliver justice.

In addition to Willis, the updated Death Wish also stars Dean Norris, Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, and Mike Epps.

Death Wish hits theaters on November 22.