Eli Roth’s Death Wish Delayed, Marvel’s The Punisher May Follow

Death Wish

With the upcoming Death Wish remake just over a month away and things seeming oddly quiet in terms of marketing, it isn’t that surprising to hear that the movie won’t be making its Thanksgiving release date after all. MGM and Annapurna Pictures announced last week that they will be delaying the movie to 2018 instead. No reason was given for the delay, although it seems likely that the recent Las Vegas shooting may have at least had something to do with it. We are also hearing that Marvel might be pushing back The Punisher series as well, although they have yet to set an official date either way. Hit the jump for more info.

According to Deadline, Eli Roth’s Death Wish will now hit theatres on March 2nd, 2018 instead of Nov. 22nd, 2017. Part of the motivation seems to be avoiding a crowded release date that already includes Pixar’s Coco, the horror film Polaroid and the political thriller Chappaquiddick in wide release. However, there’s no question that a movie about an armed vigilante gunning down criminals might be seen as insensitive so soon after the Vegas shooting.

As for that other gun-toting vigilante, Marvel already cancelled The Punisher panel at New York Comic-Con last weekend due to the Las Vegas massacre. Newsday has since reported that they were planning to launch the series over the weekend as well and decided to delay it at the last minute. Netflix never did announce an official premiere date so we can’t be entirely sure but supposedly they still plan to release it later this year. Are you disappointed by this news? Do you think this was an appropriate response in light of current events?

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  • Jake

    I didn’t even realize Death Wish was coming out this year. I thought it was scheduled to come out in 2018. I would think Hollywood has a much bigger issue on their hands right now with all the sexual harassment/assault stories that are coming to light. Studios should be more concerned with who they employ rather than how the public may view an action movie.

  • Glen

    How many revenge movies do audiences want to watch?

    We may have reached peak revenge.

  • Jr

    We will watch as many as it takes for us to get our revenge.

  • 1138sw

    Not interested in the Death Wish remake but the Punisher being pushed back to 2018 would be a bummer. That, I am looking forward too so I hope it gets released at least later this year.

  • Anthony

    As long as it eventually comes out i’ll be fine, unless it’s pushed back to something ridiculous like 2020. We’ve already had Iron Fist and Defenders come out in 2017, so maybe having Punisher be released in 2018 will dial back the Marvel overload a bit.