Because Sylvester Stallone‘s Rocky Balboa kicked some surprising box-office ass ($80 million domestic, $150 million int’l) last year and similar-type earnings from his aging-Rambo remake may be in the offing, the MGM guys — holding high the attitude and aesthetic of Cannon Films in 2007 — are “in talks” with Stallone to direct and star in a remake of Death Wish, the 1974 Charles Bronson-Michael Winner film.
The belief seems to be that audiences weren’t into Jodie Foster and Neil Jordan‘s The Brave One, which was almost a literal Death Wish remake, because they thought it was too womanly-emotional. But they might have felt differently about a similar-type story with some hard guy blowing away the bad guys.
All right, cut it out, this is loony — no way is anyone going to be interested in seeing this story done again so soon after The Brave One. Plus there’s that pesky fact that New York City isn’t the crime capital it used to be in the early ’70s. If Stallone and screenwriters Michael Ferris and John Brancato are smart, they’ll think up a new locale and a new angle. And they won’t have Stallone’s Paul Kersey be an architect because no one will buy it.