'Death Wish' Loses Director Joe Carnahan Over Potential Casting of Bruce Willis

Paramount and MGM Studios wanted Bruce Willis in the role originated by Charles Bronson, but the filmmaker wanted to go another way.
Joe Carnahan drops out of Death Wish remake due to Bruce Willis casting demand
Joe Carnahan drops out of Death Wish remake due to Bruce Willis casting demand
Director Joe Carnahan has parted ways with Paramount and MGM's Death Wish remake over a casting dispute that involved Bruce Willis.

Both studios wanted Bruce Willis for the lead role, originated by Charles Bronson in the 1974 original Death Wish, but the filmmaker wanted to go in another direction. Joe Carnahan signed on to write and direct the remake last January, although we've heard very little about the project since then. Last February, Frank Grillo, who starred in Joe Carnahan's The Grey, revealed that the filmmaker wanted to cast Russell Crowe as Paul Kersey, and Frank Grillo as Paul's brother.

It isn't known if Paramount and MGM plan on finding a new writer to start from scratch, or if they will still use Joe Carnahan's script. Now that Joe Carnahan is off the project, it remains to be seen if Paramount and MGM will stick to their demand of casting Bruce Willis, or if they will be open to another director's take on the material.

Joe Carnahan is rumored to be interested in taking over the Fox project Narco Sub, which was being developed by late director Tony Scott.

Death Wish is in development . The film is directed by Gerardo Naranjo.



Sources: Deadline

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Comments (17)

  1. Cheetoboy

    While I do think Bruce would be a great choice, I do half to respect the director for standing up for his own creative insight, also Russell Crowe would have still been great in this.

    2 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  2. Cheetoboy

    While I do think Bruce would be a great choice, I do half to respect the director for standing up for his own creative insight, also Russell Crowe would have still been great in this.

    2 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  3. SirBrandon

    Honestly, Carnahan and Willis are better than this. Can't Hollywood just leave some things alone? I'll go on ahead and answer my own question....No. No they cannot.

    2 years agoby @SirBrandonFlag

  4. MovieManiac

    Good for Carnahan. If he envisions someone else in the role and the studios saw differently then it was probably best that he left.

    2 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  5. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Lol. That I did :)

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  6. Corey W.

    I'm not up for any sort of remake, but dammit if Willis is cast in the role my attention will be raised at least a tiny spark.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  7. Isaac Phillips

    Joe Carnahan is bringing in some serious imaginative; unique and artistic ideas to the world of film; especially with the sizzle reel he did for the now debunked Daredevil reboot. It's a shame the big studio execs don't feel the same way. :\

    2 years agoby @isaac-phillipsFlag

  8. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides Did you just hashtag?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  9. Writer220

    Bruce in this that's hard to swallow, Crowe sorry I wouldn't want him neither. Try an unknown actor

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  10. artkid04

    I'm with Joe on this one, Russell Crowe would have been awesome, I love bruce willis but his franchise is die hard, let him stick with that

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  11. thedude-abides

    What a puss. Most directors would kill to have someone of Willlis' caliber. The fact that Carnahan simply bowed out after not getting his way is very telling. I get overridden every day at my work, and I'm a manager. I don't pitch a bitch and storm off every time I don't get my way; that isn't the mark of a professional.

    The right move would've been for Carnahan to have swallowed his pride and taken the mindset of making lemonade out of perceived lemons in the form of what the studios were giving him to work with. That's what I do, anyway; my superiors give me sh*t to work with on a daily basis, and I grow f*ckin' mushrooms. #likeaboss

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  12. ejk1

    Why would Bruce even want this?

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  13. Fry_3000

    Don't blame him for leaving. Should be left to director to have final say on who they want to play the parts they envision

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  14. K.Guy

    We already have McClain. We're good. Now.... JOHN WOO!!!!!

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  15. Roberto Mata

    I'm with Carnahan on this one, Willis is in everything this days, the studio needs too give this role to another Actor.

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  16. TheDude1

    Carnahan is right to leave this movie. Willis is not really the best choice to play this role.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag