Bruce Willis has been one of Hollywood's biggest action stars since he made the original Die Hard, but it's been a long time since then. Could Death Wish be the beginning of new era in Willis' career? While Willis has never really been entirely out of the action movie game, he has not been at the forefront of the genre as he once was. However, Death Wish director Eli Roth thinks that their new movie could be the film that propels Bruce Willis back to the top, as one recent action franchise has shown there's a place for older action stars, just ask Liam Neeson. According to Roth...
We wanted to bring back that great, classic Bruce Willis we all know and love and just do a fun, badass update of a revered classic. I wanted to bring Bruce back to that Fifth Element, Unbreakable, Die Hard glory and have him craft another iconic performance, and I really think he did it. I mean I really think this can be his Taken.
Bruce Willis has been just as prolific an actor in recent years as he's ever been, but most of his recent films have floated by unnoticed. Did anybody actually see First Kill or Precious Cargo? His last major big screen action outing where he was a true lead was probably the most recent Die Hard movie, and that one wasn't particularly well received. Eli Roth tells Yahoo that the upcoming remake of Death Wish will do for Bruce Willis' career what Taken did for Liam Neeson.
It will be interesting to see how well Death Wish is received. Many other actors have tried to go the Taken route and make their own action hero movie but few have had the success that Taken saw. You may not even remember Pierce Brosnan's The November Man, Sean Penn in The Gunman or Mel Gibson in Blood Father. Even the handful of movies that Liam Neeson made around the same time as the Taken films mostly failed to generate the buzz of the original.
Although, it has to be said Death Wish may be coming out at the perfect time. By far, the biggest thing that Bruce Willis has done in recent years on a movie screen was his cameo early this year at the tail end of Split. That certainly got people talking, which may be helpful in getting people to check out the actor's next movie. Certainly, in addition to Willis, Death Wish has the added benefit of a franchise that many moviegoers are still familiar with, as the movie is a remake of the first movie in the 1970s franchise starring Charles Bronson.