Sunday, May 19, 2024

“Death Wish” Remake Opens Friday: Bruce Willis MIA and Movie Problematic Considering Parkland


The remake of “Death Wish” is coming Friday. You remember “Death Wish,” dontcha? Charles Bronson avenging his wife’s death, shooting everything that got in his way?

A remake? Seems like poor timing, no? In the new version, Bruce Willis is probably doing the same as Bronson, only this time the wife is Elisabeth Shue, not Jill Ireland.

Problematic considering Parkland, 17 dead, and the NRA boycott, not to mention coming anti-gun marches all over the place, and high school students walking out of classes.

Not to mention that Bruce Willis, the star, is SILENT. He’s not on any late night talk shows this week. He is MIA on silent media. There’s no premiere for the movie. It’s unlikely we will see or hear from Willis, who has five daughters and probably isn’t waiting for reporters’ questions about kids and gun control.

MGM– yes there is still an MGM — is distributing “Death Wish.” They’ve put it up against Jennifer Lawrence in “Red Sparrow,” the third week of “Black Panther” and Oscar weekend, when most people are frantically catching up on Oscar nominated movies.

Will “Death Wish” go to video pretty quickly? Seems like it. Willis’s last movie, “Acts of Violence,” may have been released somewhere but no one ever reported its box office. “Extraction,” released in 2015, made $16,775. “Rock the Kasbah” made $3 million.

Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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