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‘Big Bad Wolves’ Helmers Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado Exit Bruce Willis ‘Death Wish’ Remake

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EXCLUSIVE: Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado have exited Death Wish, the MGM/Paramount remake of the 1974 hit that Bruce Willis will star in, reprising the reluctant vigilante made famous by Charles Bronson. They are the Israeli filmmakers who made their debut with Rabies and then followed with 2013’s Big Bad Wolves, a violent, high-octane thriller that became a cult favorite. They do stylized action, with a sense of humor, and they wanted to inject some of that into this relaunch and it caused a clash with the studio, which has a script that Willis signed off on, and a start date and projected release date, which didn’t put MGM in the mood for a major makeover. As always, these things are attributed to “creative differences,” and I’m even told it was amicable, something that likely wasn’t the case when Joe Carnahan — who wrote the script to direct — left the project.

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