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Stallone Has a Death Wish

Published November 4, 2007 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Variety.
Sylvester Stallone Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone continues to hover around pre-existing brands. He gave us another Rocky, another Rambo and now a remake of something that didn't feature him in the first place -- Death Wish.

Sylvester Stallone for Death Wish

Stallone is in talks to direct and star in Death Wish, the story of an ordinary man who goes vigilante after his wife and daughter are attacked.

Though I can't remember the definition of 'ordinary man' being somebody who can bench three plates, that's the type of ordinary man MGM is hoping for.

Set to write the script are Michael Ferris and John Brancato, whose credits include Terminator 3 and Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins.

Paramount Pictures controls some Death Wish rights and will be given the option to jump in on the project, but MGM isn't waiting. Hoping that the WGA strike ends sooner than later, the studio expects to have production up and running before March.

Death Wish follows MGM's new campaign of creating tentpoles out of their massive 4,100 title library.

"We are looking at our library to determine which potential franchise properties make the most sense for us to produce, and Death Wish was clearly one of that jumped out," said MGM chief operating officer Rick Sands. "We hope to get a deal done with Sylvester Stallone to direct and star, and like the Rocky and Rambo films, we see this as another potential franchise for him."

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