Look, I'm not a huge raging AICN fan -- something about their absurd use of exclamation points just really gets to me sometimes!!! With that said, I've been really enjoying their 20 days of questions with Sylvester Stallone and, if anything, I'm a much bigger fan of Stallone now than I was before I began reading. The guy is such a good writer (so much so that I wish he would write more screenplays) and has provided a truly well thought-out answer for every single question tossed in his direction. And trust me, a lot of these questions have been random -- real random -- but I'd rather read this than watch him on, say, Inside the Actor's Studio ...
("Mr. Stallone, Farty McMatthews -- second year acting student in the range division. I have a question regarding the method in which you feel emotions through your consciousness -- can you possibly delve into some more psychological ..." Oh, just shut up. Don't you feel like punching those people sometimes. Just, like, a little?)
Anyway, on Day 19 of the questions, Sly finished things off by asking the AICN readers whether or not they would be down for a remake of Death Wish. Says Stallone, "I'd like to get your feedback on the idea of remaking Death Wish with a slightly different slant. Instead of the Charles Bronson character being an architect; my version would have him as a very good cop who had incredible success without ever using his gun. So when the attack on his family happens, he's really thrown into a moral dilemma in proceeding to carry out his revenge." Man Sly, get the hell out of the seventies, you're killing us here!
While it would be interesting to see a remake of Death Wish (though I'm not sure the late Chuck Bronson would approve), is this something we really want? It certainly has a fantastic story, but I'm not so crazy about Sly's take on it. What's great about the original is that Bronson is not a cop, he's an architect. He's just a regular guy who knows nothing of the other side of the law, or what it's like to chase down the enemy. So, when the tragedy occurs, it's exciting to watch the flip switch on this guy -- to watch him enter a strange world on his terms, and his terms only.
But to make him a cop who doesn't use his gun, but then has to use it to exact revenge? Sorry Sly, but it's a little weak. Whether or not it will actually get made remains to be seen, but on the 20th day of questions Stallone did make one comment: "I do read all of your talkbacks and thank you for your opinions on Death Wish. I think the majority of you are right, and I will not pursue the project any longer. Rest in Peace, Charlie...."
Do I think he should trash the idea based on what AICN readers have to say? No. I really do think it has legs, but I'd definitely consider changing that story. Thoughts?