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Director Tony Scott considers a remake of Peckinpah's classic western The Wild Bunch

Aug. 18, 2011by: Dave Davis

While his brother Ridley just made a surprising announcement to head back to the sci-fi world of his seminal BLADE RUNNER, filmmaker Tony Scott is also planning to revisit an influential classic. Just not one of his own.

Deadline says that Tony may reboot Sam Peckinpah's violent 1969 masterpiece THE WILD BUNCH, about an aging gang of robbers trying to get away with one final score in 1913 Texas. At the time, the film became notorious for its grim tone and graphic final shootout featuring lots of slo-mo carnage at the barrel of a Browning machinegun.

As we learned earlier this year, Warner Bros. has been planning to remake the brutal must-see Western (along with LETHAL WEAPON, WESTWORLD and THE DIRTY DOZEN, among others). And while Scott's intentions are as yet unknown, the previous plan was to bring the outlaw tale into modern times (screenwriter David Ayer, of HARSH TIMES and TRAINING DAY, wrote a draft).

Before that classic gets before Scott's hyperactive lens, he wants to get his HELL'S ANGELS movie on the road -- ideally with Jeff Bridges in the lead, contingent on the actor's availability. He's also kicking the tires on a possible return to TOP GUN, and is producing a couple dozen other projects with bro Ridley. The Scotts don't sleep much.

Extra Tidbit: Scott is no stranger to remakes, some (MAN ON FIRE) better than others (THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3). He also once planned a "reinvention" of Walter Hill's THE WARRIORS.
Source: Deadline

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11:36PM on 08/19/2011
Well no surprise here but at least its with a top notch director as most remakes are done by no names who never respect the material or sell out (Craig Brewer ya bastard, but Tony Scott always attaches himself to project & takes his time developing them so who knows if this will even happen. Pelham was ok but Unstoppable was a great movie that had me glued to the screen.
Well no surprise here but at least its with a top notch director as most remakes are done by no names who never respect the material or sell out (Craig Brewer ya bastard, but Tony Scott always attaches himself to project & takes his time developing them so who knows if this will even happen. Pelham was ok but Unstoppable was a great movie that had me glued to the screen.
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6:17PM on 08/19/2011
Oh my god Tony scott does not need to be anywhere near a remake project hell just make it terrible especially this classic. Making it into modern times?? Fuck that that sounds awful! Hopefully this never happens!
Oh my god Tony scott does not need to be anywhere near a remake project hell just make it terrible especially this classic. Making it into modern times?? Fuck that that sounds awful! Hopefully this never happens!
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4:57PM on 08/19/2011

as much as I love the original I'm down as hell

simply because we NEED more westerns, why not try to get the genre hot again with reintroducing a classic! why not, bring it on!
simply because we NEED more westerns, why not try to get the genre hot again with reintroducing a classic! why not, bring it on!
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6:18PM on 08/19/2011
Because he wants to make it modern not a western. Fuck that!
Because he wants to make it modern not a western. Fuck that!
3:06PM on 08/19/2011
Better they set it in modern times, that way at least it'll be taking a dump on the original in name only.
Better they set it in modern times, that way at least it'll be taking a dump on the original in name only.
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1:52PM on 08/19/2011
Tony Scott is one of the most dynamic action directors working in Hollywood. And while a director of his caliber and invention might be appropriate for a Peckinpah homage, but a fucking remake?

The Wild Bunch is in my top three movies ever made, and while a shitty version by a lesser director would just have audience members (hopefully) running to see how the original did it, Tony Scott should just back away from the remakes. After Pelham, he really has no business fucking with classics.
Tony Scott is one of the most dynamic action directors working in Hollywood. And while a director of his caliber and invention might be appropriate for a Peckinpah homage, but a fucking remake?

The Wild Bunch is in my top three movies ever made, and while a shitty version by a lesser director would just have audience members (hopefully) running to see how the original did it, Tony Scott should just back away from the remakes. After Pelham, he really has no business fucking with classics.
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12:52PM on 08/19/2011
My frame would probably be red if not for the remake of True Grit. However, I think this is just a rumor.
My frame would probably be red if not for the remake of True Grit. However, I think this is just a rumor.
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2:26PM on 08/19/2011
Hell you talking about? Coen Brothers directed 'True Grit'.
Hell you talking about? Coen Brothers directed 'True Grit'.
7:19PM on 08/19/2011
Technically, it wasn't a remake, but an 'alternate adaptation,' since it was based on a novel. : P
Technically, it wasn't a remake, but an 'alternate adaptation,' since it was based on a novel. : P
9:00AM on 08/19/2011
The Wild Bunch is a classic and it shouldn't be tinkered with least of all by Tony Scott. The dude has not done a good movie in a long time.
The Wild Bunch is a classic and it shouldn't be tinkered with least of all by Tony Scott. The dude has not done a good movie in a long time.
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7:26AM on 08/19/2011
Not excited for anything this man touches after Pelham 123. That movie was so bad. Hey, let's insert random car crashes into the movie without any explanation whatsoever. 3 fucking times!
Not excited for anything this man touches after Pelham 123. That movie was so bad. Hey, let's insert random car crashes into the movie without any explanation whatsoever. 3 fucking times!
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3:15AM on 08/19/2011

Seriously FU Tony Scott

We don't need a MTV style Wild Bunch remake
We don't need a MTV style Wild Bunch remake
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2:43AM on 08/19/2011
Another shitty idea.
Another shitty idea.
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1:54AM on 08/19/2011

WOW Tony Scott

I no longer have your tail
I no longer have your tail
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1:16AM on 08/19/2011
Wild Bunch is a perfect film, no need to touch it.
Wild Bunch is a perfect film, no need to touch it.
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12:27AM on 08/19/2011
no no no to bringing it to modern day.
no no no to bringing it to modern day.
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11:47PM on 08/18/2011
All I know, for 'The Wild Bunch', Scott should get Eastwood for one of the aging robbers.
All I know, for 'The Wild Bunch', Scott should get Eastwood for one of the aging robbers.
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11:06PM on 08/18/2011
Hell's Angels might be cool done by this Scott, not so sure about Wild Bunch.
Hell's Angels might be cool done by this Scott, not so sure about Wild Bunch.
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