Eli Roth is stepping outside the horror genre to remake the 1974 classic “Death Wish”. The ‘Hostel’ and ‘Green Inferno’ director will tackle the project with Bruce Willis set to take on the role made famous by Charles Bronson.
Deadline reports that Roth takes the job after the exit early last month of Big Bad Wolves helmers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, who left over creative differences when they wanted changes in a script Willis had signed off on; the studios didn’t want to go in that direction on what they hope will be a down-the-middle franchise launch. Roth works this in alongside his hosting duties on Shark After Dark, the nightly talk show that runs June 26-30 to cap each day’s programming during Discovery’s Shark Week.
He most recently had been attached to direct the prehistoric shark pic Meg at Warner Bros but left that job for creative reasons.