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Gerardo Naranjo to Grant MGM’s ‘Death Wish’

"The Mountains Between Us" helmer would replace former director Joe Carnahan

“The Mountains Between Us” helmer Gerardo Naranjo has come in to save the day for MGM’s “Death Wish” as the director is in negotiations to replace former helmer Joe Carnahan.
Carnahan had been long attached but was unable to find his lead and left the project in February.
The pic is a remake of the 1974 pic starring Charles Bronson about a man who becomes a vigilante after his wife is killed and daughter is raped by hoodlums.
That pic is based on the Brian Garfield tome and John D. Brancato, Carnahan and Michael Ferris penned this adaptation. Kevin King and Sylvester Stallone will produce.
The project is a huge step for Naranjo who will now look to land his lead. Carnahan and MGM had approached actors such as Brad Pitt, Will Smith and Bruce Willis prior to Carnahan’s departure and hope to land similar star to carry the film.
Besides “The Mountains Between Us,” the CAA-repped Naranjo made his name for his critical hit “Miss Bala.”

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