With Joe Carnahan (‘The Grey,’ ‘The A-Team,’ ‘Smoking Aces’) having departed MGM and Paramount’s remake of the Charles Bronson-led vigilante thriller ‘Death Wish,’ Variety has learned that Mexican helmer Gerardo Naranjo (‘The Mountains Between Us,’ ‘Miss Bala’) is now in talks to replace Carnahan in the director’s chair.
Directed by Michael Winner the 1974 original followed Paul Kersey, a liberal architect who becomes an assassin after a group of drug-crazed thugs murder his wife and brutally rape his married daughter, leaving her comatose. When the police are unable to find the culprits, Kersey undertakes a one-man mission to hurt and kill a host of criminals on the streets of New York. The film went on to spawn four sequels.
Long attached as director, Carnahan exited the project last month due to creative differences with the studios.