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The Magnificent Seven remake gets a new writer as Tom Cruise exits the project

12.26.2013

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN remake that was announced a while back with Tom Cruise in talks to star and a script being penned by novelist Nic Pizzolatto who recently completed work on the HBO series True Detective. The project was never placed on the fast track and the studio, MGM, seemed to be taking its time to get it saddled up. Now, SAVING MR. BANKS' John Lee Hancock is set to rewrite the current script, while Cruise has reportedly left the project, which is no surprise given that the original announcement for the remake was made in mid 2012. A year-and-a-half later and still no script is hardly a good situation for the prolific actor, who has MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE V and a sequl to JACK REACHER in the current pipeline.

Hancock has been making the rounds of late, particularly in schmaltzy Oscar-fare like THE BLIND SIDE and now SAVING MR. BANKS, but he's also dabbled in the western genre as well, having directed the 2004 flop THE ALAMO with Billy Bob Thornton. MGM is mining the shit out of their current catalog of films with remakes of CARRIE, ROBOCOP, POLTERGEIST, and the in-devepment DEATH WISH and WAR GAMES in the hopes of turning a profit from these old properties, so it's no surprise that they'd pull one from the '60's to make it ride again. No release date, casting, or director announcements have been made as this is still in the early stages of development. With Cruise out, though, I expect they'll be looking for a suitable "front man" for the project pretty quick.

More as this develops.  

Extra Tidbit: If they HAD to remake Magnificent Seven, who do you think would be the best man for the job in terms of director and star(s)?
Source: The Wrap

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5:34AM on 12/27/2013
Yah know if they are going to remake it remake it from the original. Have all white American actors dressed up in full Japanese makeup learn to speak Japanese and have the whole thing subtitled directed by Tarantino. Too bad Caradine died he could have lead the cast. Ah Hollywood you are missing the boat here, its gold!
Yah know if they are going to remake it remake it from the original. Have all white American actors dressed up in full Japanese makeup learn to speak Japanese and have the whole thing subtitled directed by Tarantino. Too bad Caradine died he could have lead the cast. Ah Hollywood you are missing the boat here, its gold!
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10:57PM on 12/26/2013
So now Hollywood has decided to remake a remake. Okay.
So now Hollywood has decided to remake a remake. Okay.
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2:51PM on 12/26/2013
lets just remake Battle Beyond the Stars
lets just remake Battle Beyond the Stars
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8:16AM on 12/27/2013
They'd better keep the Boobship in it!
They'd better keep the Boobship in it!
1:24PM on 12/26/2013
If I were to pick a director, I'd either go with David Ayers (formerly slotted to remake The Wild Bunch, and good at handling ensembles, but he'd probably want an R-rating for his movie) or James Mangold (who breathed new life into another western remake, as well as displaying some skill with the samurai picture in The Wolverine). Considering Yul Brynner had yet to make a name for himself in westerns, and nobody knew who Steve McQueen was yet, they could copy that method and cast actors for
If I were to pick a director, I'd either go with David Ayers (formerly slotted to remake The Wild Bunch, and good at handling ensembles, but he'd probably want an R-rating for his movie) or James Mangold (who breathed new life into another western remake, as well as displaying some skill with the samurai picture in The Wolverine). Considering Yul Brynner had yet to make a name for himself in westerns, and nobody knew who Steve McQueen was yet, they could copy that method and cast actors for their presence, regardless of past experience doing westerns. I don't think it's going to be the next True Grit though. And at any rate, I still prefer Kurosawa's Seven Samurai to John Sturges' movie.
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11:27AM on 12/26/2013
I really like The Magnificent Seven but not much on The Return of The Magnificent Seven so idea of remake doesn't sound as good as the original. Extra tidbit: Clint Eastwood as the director. It'd be a good return to Western for him even though Unforgiven is possibly the finest Western movie of his career. Stars: Brad Pitt would make a good Yul Brynner's character.
I really like The Magnificent Seven but not much on The Return of The Magnificent Seven so idea of remake doesn't sound as good as the original. Extra tidbit: Clint Eastwood as the director. It'd be a good return to Western for him even though Unforgiven is possibly the finest Western movie of his career. Stars: Brad Pitt would make a good Yul Brynner's character.
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