With the success of Rocky Balboa under his belt and the growing interest in the upcoming Rambo sequel, it certainly seems that Sylvester Stallone’s career is on an upswing. Apparently hoping to capitalize on that momentum, Stallone is currently in talks with MGM to star and direct in a remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson vigilante flick Death Wish.
While Stallone scripted both the new Rocky and Rambo films, the Death Wish re-do will be written by Michael Ferris and John Brancato, who are responsible for Terminator 3 and the upcoming Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins.
The project is part of MGM’s current plans to build a series of tentpole franchises by raiding the studio’s 4,100 title library for films to remake. Currently available in their library for reuse are all films produced by the studio after 1985 as well as a majority of the output of the former United Artists, Orion, Polygram, Samuel Goldwyn and Cannon Films, who owned the Death Wish franchise.