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Taking this weekend’s top box-office spot for “The Grey,” director Joe Carnahan has been hired to write and direct a remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson vigilante film “Death Wish.”  The film spawned four sequels and controversy for its violence and vigilantism.

A source close to the project has leaked this information about MGM and Paramount putting this film into development.  The new “Death Wish” will be produced by “The Grey” producer Jules Daly along with Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions.  An MGM spokeswoman and a Carnahan representative did not immediately have a comment. Previously, action star Sylvester Stallone was linked to direct and star, but he is no longer attached to the project.

Here is the plot for the 1974 Michael Winner directed classic:

A New York City architect (Charles Bronson) becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.

Carnahan has written and directed some high profile films.  Along with “The Grey,” he was behind “The A-Team,” “Smokin’ Aces,” and “Narc.” He was also set to direct the upcoming drama “Umbra” before recently leaving.  Director Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”) will fill the vacated spot on that film.

“Death Wish” is one of a number of films slated for remakes from the leadership team of Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum.  MGM has been going back to their classics such as “Robocop,” and “War Games” to stir up revenue.

Sources: latimes.com, IMDb