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Eli Roth’s Death Wish reboot has been pushed to 2018

(Screenshot: Death Wish 2018 trailer)

The Death Wish reboot has been a questionable idea since it was first announced two years ago—the first film of the original franchise might have had some critique of vigilantism nestled within all of the Charles Bronson shootings, but any ostensible message became more obscured with each sequel. At a time when the stand your ground law is regularly a part of the national conversation, a movie about a man looking for revenge and actively mowing down any “urban” characters he comes across isn’t going to (and shouldn’t) sit well.

There’s no such commentary in the first trailer for Eli Roth’s remake, which stars Bruce Willis as Paul Kersey, who spends much of the preview dressed like the victim of an unhinged shooter while behaving like said shooter. But less than a week after one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, the new Death Wish seems even more tone deaf. Whether or not the director or studio realize that, the release date for the film has been pushed back, Deadline reports. Instead of debuting in November 2017, Death Wish will be released on March 2, 2018, where Deadline notes it won’t have to compete with holiday offerings. There’s no mention of the Las Vegas shooting, which ended with 59 people dead and another 500 injured, but with Marvel bumping promotional events for The Punisher in the aftermath, it’s a smart move (though a smarter move would have been not making the movie).


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