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The Weinsteins are remaking Seven Samurai without actual samurai

05.03.2011

A new version of influential Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's legendary SEVEN SAMURAI is getting dragged into the 21st century, trading honorable swords for mags loaded with full metal jacket.

British director Scott Mann is making the modernized update for Weinstein Co., condensing Kurosawa's three-and-a-half hour 1954 "guys on a mission" story into a $60 million action flick that "centers on a town in Northern Thailand that recruits seven paramilitary contractors from around the globe to defend it from an imminent attack." The remake script was previously worked on by writer John Fusco (THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, YOUNG GUNS).

Mann last directed the assassin battle royale B-movie THE TOURNAMENT, which starred Robert Carlyle, Ving Rhames, Ian Somerhalder and Kelly Hu.

SEVEN SAMURAI was previously brought to the Old West as THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (and THREE AMIGOS, albeit less so) and to a distant galaxy as the Corman cheapie BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, and was also transformed into digital insects in Pixar's A BUG'S LIFE.

Kurosawa's work has inspired countless others -- YOJIMBO became A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS and LAST MAN STANDING, the multiple perspective structure of RASHOMON has been utilized in numerous movies and TV shows, and some argue that George Lucas would never have made STAR WARS the same way without THE HIDDEN FORTRESS.

Extra Tidbit: If you're itching for more "guys on a mission" movies, don't worry - EXPENDABLES 2 and a present-day remake of THE DIRTY DOZEN are also on the way.
Source: Variety

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9:42PM on 05/06/2011
It's not the subject matter I object to, it's the Weinsteins. Someone put them in charge of a...grocery chain. Something where when they fuck it up, an audience won't be subjected to the consequences for two hours straight.
It's not the subject matter I object to, it's the Weinsteins. Someone put them in charge of a...grocery chain. Something where when they fuck it up, an audience won't be subjected to the consequences for two hours straight.
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4:38PM on 05/04/2011

God would somebody kill the wienstiens please...

Please they fuck up everything they do. Seriously money grubbing cheese puffs. THE TOURNAMENT was a decent movie nothing more. it was fun bloody and stupid. I have lost complete faith in this ever being good haven't seen the old one but I know right away it will be ruined because you got the assstiens on producing roles.
Please they fuck up everything they do. Seriously money grubbing cheese puffs. THE TOURNAMENT was a decent movie nothing more. it was fun bloody and stupid. I have lost complete faith in this ever being good haven't seen the old one but I know right away it will be ruined because you got the assstiens on producing roles.
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2:51PM on 05/04/2011
I'm surprised how many people are upset at this being re-imagined. It's not the first time and it won't likely be the last time that this happens. The original is one of the greatest films ever made, I agree, but while it pretty much started a formula, so many have come since that it's not really special unless they keep the title "Seven Samurai."
I'm surprised how many people are upset at this being re-imagined. It's not the first time and it won't likely be the last time that this happens. The original is one of the greatest films ever made, I agree, but while it pretty much started a formula, so many have come since that it's not really special unless they keep the title "Seven Samurai."
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11:44AM on 05/04/2011

Movies with Seven Heroes

Movies that have exactly seven principal protagonists (one of my favorite games for tracing the legacy of this classic movie.)

Tropic Thunder (RDJ, Black, Stiller, Baruchel, Jackson, Nolte, McBride)
The Expendables (Sly Dolph Mick Jet Statham Couture Crews)
Star Wars (Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2, 3PO, Obi Wan (replaced by Lando)
Avengers (Cap, Thor, Stark, Hulk, Hawkeye, Fury, Black Widow)
Movies that have exactly seven principal protagonists (one of my favorite games for tracing the legacy of this classic movie.)

Tropic Thunder (RDJ, Black, Stiller, Baruchel, Jackson, Nolte, McBride)
The Expendables (Sly Dolph Mick Jet Statham Couture Crews)
Star Wars (Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2, 3PO, Obi Wan (replaced by Lando)
Avengers (Cap, Thor, Stark, Hulk, Hawkeye, Fury, Black Widow)
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11:58AM on 05/04/2011
Interesting.
Interesting.
10:47AM on 05/04/2011
Right, because there haven't already been enough remakes and homages to this movie.

Seven Samurai is one of the absolute greatest movies ever made (and along with a few others I enjoy equally, it's my personal favorite). The Magnificent Seven was already the best remake they could have possibly done, so please-- let this die.
Right, because there haven't already been enough remakes and homages to this movie.

Seven Samurai is one of the absolute greatest movies ever made (and along with a few others I enjoy equally, it's my personal favorite). The Magnificent Seven was already the best remake they could have possibly done, so please-- let this die.
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10:46AM on 05/04/2011
OK Now you are messing with the classics! what the hell Hollywood. - I agree magnificent seven was a great movie on his own merit, but this is just NONESENSE
OK Now you are messing with the classics! what the hell Hollywood. - I agree magnificent seven was a great movie on his own merit, but this is just NONESENSE
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8:40AM on 05/04/2011
Considering their recent string of horrible ideas, someone must be putting something in the overpriced bottled water at the Weinstein HQ. I'm looking at you Troy Duffy!
Considering their recent string of horrible ideas, someone must be putting something in the overpriced bottled water at the Weinstein HQ. I'm looking at you Troy Duffy!
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6:08AM on 05/04/2011
Next up: The Weinsteins remake 'Fiddler on the Roof' without any Jews.
Next up: The Weinsteins remake 'Fiddler on the Roof' without any Jews.
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3:18AM on 05/04/2011

I'm always game for a remake...

That way the original gathers more interest. If the remake is good, no problem. If the remake is bad, the original is held in higher regard. Though this may backfire.
That way the original gathers more interest. If the remake is good, no problem. If the remake is bad, the original is held in higher regard. Though this may backfire.
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1:12AM on 05/04/2011

NOOOO!!!!!

Considering how they're wanting to do it, this is a VERY bad idea. If they really want to make a COOL update/remake it would take George Lucas getting his head out of his ass and letting other people play in his Movie sandbox.... NEVER gonna happen though....
Considering how they're wanting to do it, this is a VERY bad idea. If they really want to make a COOL update/remake it would take George Lucas getting his head out of his ass and letting other people play in his Movie sandbox.... NEVER gonna happen though....
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1:04AM on 05/04/2011
God...yet another stupid remake.
God...yet another stupid remake.
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12:58AM on 05/04/2011
Sigh. So they are going to take my favorite film of all time, take out it's meaning, get a B-director to take the reigns, and then turn it into a pure action film? Look, I wouldn't mind if they remade it, if this were getting the royal treatment. I'm talking hugely talented director and an epic cast. But instead, they're settling for the guy who made The Tournament (a bad to decent action flick) and a script from the guy who did Forbidden Kingdom. And it won't even have samurai. This news makes
Sigh. So they are going to take my favorite film of all time, take out it's meaning, get a B-director to take the reigns, and then turn it into a pure action film? Look, I wouldn't mind if they remade it, if this were getting the royal treatment. I'm talking hugely talented director and an epic cast. But instead, they're settling for the guy who made The Tournament (a bad to decent action flick) and a script from the guy who did Forbidden Kingdom. And it won't even have samurai. This news makes me sad.
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1:00AM on 05/04/2011
Also, if you're itching for a recent samurai film heavily inspired by Seven Samurai, check out 13 Assassins. Fantastic samurai film, one of the best in years.
Also, if you're itching for a recent samurai film heavily inspired by Seven Samurai, check out 13 Assassins. Fantastic samurai film, one of the best in years.
12:00AM on 05/04/2011

Yeah, because the other remakes haven't been enough

It's not like the story hasn't been updated or reinterpreted countless times already. Harvey Weinstein is a celluloid terrorist.
It's not like the story hasn't been updated or reinterpreted countless times already. Harvey Weinstein is a celluloid terrorist.
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11:14PM on 05/03/2011
So we shouldn't be surprised to hear names such as The Rock, Vin Diesel, Gerard Butler, Liam Neeson, etc then.
So we shouldn't be surprised to hear names such as The Rock, Vin Diesel, Gerard Butler, Liam Neeson, etc then.
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