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Will Smith will try to play cowboy again in a contemporary remake of The Wild Bunch

May. 14, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Will Smith may have killed the big screen western when he made the god awful WILD, WILD WEST back in 1999, but he is going to give the genre one more try, albeit a modernized one, if plans work out for him to star in a remake of Sam Peckinpah's seminal THE WILD BUNCH.

According to The Wrap, Smith will produce the update of THE WILD BUNCH alongside Jerry Weintraub, who produced THE KARATE KID remake starring Jaden Smith. While the original movie took place in 1913 and followed an older group of outlaws planning a heist on the Texas-Mexico border, sources say the new take will be:

A modern remake involving cartels south of the border, the "Wild Bunch" reboot is expected to follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a team to go after a Mexican drug lord and his fortune.

I prefer Will Smith in his BAD BOYS mode and not the watered down PG-13 he has been stuck in for years. If a remake of THE WILD BUNCH is coming, it will have to be an R-rated, violent movie and not a teen friendly summer movie. The project is looking for a director and a new writer to work on the draft started by Brian Helgeland back before Tony Scott died. David Ayer was involved at one point and was the first name that popped into my head when I heard about this project. Hopefully we get a nice cast surrounding Smith and THE WILD BUNCH kicks all sorts of ass.

Extra Tidbit: While I am glad Smith dropped out of DJANGO UNCHAINED, wouldn't that have been a perfect way for him to redeem himself for audiences?
Source: The Wrap

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7:43PM on 05/15/2013
Weeke Weeke Wa, weeke wa, weeke weeke WILD WILD BUNCH
Weeke Weeke Wa, weeke wa, weeke weeke WILD WILD BUNCH
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1:53PM on 05/15/2013

one more thing

why remake this? I mean why cant it just be a new/different title about some guns for hire to take down a cartel, why even use that name, why not just call it something else since you are changing the entire movie anyway?
why remake this? I mean why cant it just be a new/different title about some guns for hire to take down a cartel, why even use that name, why not just call it something else since you are changing the entire movie anyway?
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1:50PM on 05/15/2013

move is officially ruined

With him in it and his reluctance to do anything edgy that might disappoint his adolescent fan club, this movie is officially dead. It will be a light b-movie fare with funny one liners and him at some point yelling "come on man"....ugh
With him in it and his reluctance to do anything edgy that might disappoint his adolescent fan club, this movie is officially dead. It will be a light b-movie fare with funny one liners and him at some point yelling "come on man"....ugh
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10:37AM on 05/15/2013
I pretty much can't stand this guy any more. Keep on holding back your true talent & making lame, safe, vanilla career moves, Will...
I pretty much can't stand this guy any more. Keep on holding back your true talent & making lame, safe, vanilla career moves, Will...
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12:58PM on 05/15/2013
Why doesn't he play a villain?
Why doesn't he play a villain?
9:57AM on 05/15/2013

"Well, how'd you like to kiss my sister's black cat's ass?"

I'll admit a certain curiosity with this long-gestating project. Back when David Ayers was involved I thought it actually sounded half-good. The Wild Bunch is my very favorite movie. Having the lead be ex-DEA doesn't sound anything like The Wild Bunch, though, and the whole drug cartel angle makes me think of the Peckinpah-inspired "Extreme Prejudice". I'm not sure Will Smith is someone I can take seriously in this kind of role right now. I'm actually less concerned with the movie than with the
I'll admit a certain curiosity with this long-gestating project. Back when David Ayers was involved I thought it actually sounded half-good. The Wild Bunch is my very favorite movie. Having the lead be ex-DEA doesn't sound anything like The Wild Bunch, though, and the whole drug cartel angle makes me think of the Peckinpah-inspired "Extreme Prejudice". I'm not sure Will Smith is someone I can take seriously in this kind of role right now. I'm actually less concerned with the movie than with the title, because I kind of hate when they keep a title just so people will make that connection. On the other hand, if it helps promote Peckinpah's masterpiece, then that's a good thing.
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8:52AM on 05/15/2013
So the remake of a classic cowboy movie isn't even going to be set in cowboy times?
Will Smith has been on my shitlist for a long time now, and I didn't think he could go any lower. I was wrong.
So the remake of a classic cowboy movie isn't even going to be set in cowboy times?
Will Smith has been on my shitlist for a long time now, and I didn't think he could go any lower. I was wrong.
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9:39PM on 05/14/2013

Seriously?

If you're going to remake a classic, here's a tip...do not "update" it! It's a classic western, make it a western.
This is the worst idea I've heard in a long time. I don't mind Will Smith but come on, dude, show some better judgement. Just because Wild Wild West was a dumpster fire doesn't mean you can't make a successful western.
If you're going to remake a classic, here's a tip...do not "update" it! It's a classic western, make it a western.
This is the worst idea I've heard in a long time. I don't mind Will Smith but come on, dude, show some better judgement. Just because Wild Wild West was a dumpster fire doesn't mean you can't make a successful western.
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9:29PM on 05/14/2013

Another Classic Ruined

Will Smith will screw this movie up...he will try to put a hip hop style to it, act all cool and completely ruin this movie. yes, this movie could be remade, but definitely not with Will Smith.
Will Smith will screw this movie up...he will try to put a hip hop style to it, act all cool and completely ruin this movie. yes, this movie could be remade, but definitely not with Will Smith.
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12:19AM on 05/15/2013
Did you find his hip hop style to hurt his performance in Ali?
Did you find his hip hop style to hurt his performance in Ali?
8:09PM on 05/14/2013
It would be an interesting take but I don't think Smith has the balls to go hard R, especially if he's producing. I also don't see him playing someone who is just a down and out scumbag. To me he is just too nice.

I just see it becoming Fast Five. Which don't get me wrong I highly enjoyed but I have got a feeling that this film will turn out that way.
It would be an interesting take but I don't think Smith has the balls to go hard R, especially if he's producing. I also don't see him playing someone who is just a down and out scumbag. To me he is just too nice.

I just see it becoming Fast Five. Which don't get me wrong I highly enjoyed but I have got a feeling that this film will turn out that way.
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6:51PM on 05/14/2013
It could work. I would like for Smith to show us a different side to him that we haven't seen before in this film. I still think he's a really good actor in the right role. I just think his ego has gotten in the way a bit.

My favorite performance by him is still I Am Legend. He absolutely owned in the role.
It could work. I would like for Smith to show us a different side to him that we haven't seen before in this film. I still think he's a really good actor in the right role. I just think his ego has gotten in the way a bit.

My favorite performance by him is still I Am Legend. He absolutely owned in the role.
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12:18AM on 05/15/2013
Really? Check out Ali or Pursuit of Happiness.
Really? Check out Ali or Pursuit of Happiness.
2:07AM on 05/15/2013
Acting wise, I think it might have to go to Seven Pounds, if you haven't seen it you should check it out.
Acting wise, I think it might have to go to Seven Pounds, if you haven't seen it you should check it out.
6:32PM on 05/14/2013
Sounds alright, was it necessary for it to be remake?
Sounds alright, was it necessary for it to be remake?
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6:14PM on 05/14/2013
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6:02PM on 05/14/2013

Scott

I was curious about CARTEL, which was David Ayer's modern day remake set in Mexico, but I was over the moon about Brian Helgeland and Tony Scott re-teaming to take on the tale. Not that I want a WILD BUNCH remake, but to think of the same two guys behind MAN ON FIRE--an absolute action/crime/revenge [link] to tell the story of aged outlaws at the end of the wild west really appealed to me.

I enjoy Will Smith, though I have not seen any of his films since I AM LEGEND, but while I know he is a
I was curious about CARTEL, which was David Ayer's modern day remake set in Mexico, but I was over the moon about Brian Helgeland and Tony Scott re-teaming to take on the tale. Not that I want a WILD BUNCH remake, but to think of the same two guys behind MAN ON FIRE--an absolute action/crime/revenge [link] to tell the story of aged outlaws at the end of the wild west really appealed to me.

I enjoy Will Smith, though I have not seen any of his films since I AM LEGEND, but while I know he is a competent actor, his recent slate of projects makes me think this will be more along the lines of action/comedy than serious gritty crime drama. But that is only the initial impression. I hope to be both surprised and impressed.
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6:00PM on 05/14/2013

smells like

Last man standing too me.
Last man standing too me.
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5:52PM on 05/14/2013

At first I was going to give this a thumbs down

But as I gave it some thought, a hard R rated tale of desperadoes ripping off a drug cartel, if done in the spirit of the original Wild Bunch might be fun. Hopefully Smith will have the guts to play someone nasty, mean and unlikeable.
But as I gave it some thought, a hard R rated tale of desperadoes ripping off a drug cartel, if done in the spirit of the original Wild Bunch might be fun. Hopefully Smith will have the guts to play someone nasty, mean and unlikeable.
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5:51PM on 05/14/2013
ah Hell Nah!
ah Hell Nah!
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5:51PM on 05/14/2013
Sounds alright, was it necessary for it to be remake?
Sounds alright, was it necessary for it to be remake?
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5:06PM on 05/14/2013
On the face of it, this is a horrible idea. Will Smith is the very last person that should ever remake the legendarily hardcore THE WILD BUNCH. Will Smith has only ever been interested in being the biggest star in the world. All of his movie choices are based on that. He doesn't have the dark side of a Denzel or Brad Pitt to pull off a Training Day or Fight Club. I imagine this will relate to THE WILD BUNCH in name alone. Not excited.
On the face of it, this is a horrible idea. Will Smith is the very last person that should ever remake the legendarily hardcore THE WILD BUNCH. Will Smith has only ever been interested in being the biggest star in the world. All of his movie choices are based on that. He doesn't have the dark side of a Denzel or Brad Pitt to pull off a Training Day or Fight Club. I imagine this will relate to THE WILD BUNCH in name alone. Not excited.
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4:46PM on 05/14/2013
There's a rich history of remakes Westerns (and the movies Westerns were remakes of), BUT YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE TITLE. 'Seven Samurai' became the 'Magnificent Seven.' 'Yojimbo' became 'For a Fistful of Dollars.' 'Sons of Katie Elder' became 'Four Brothers.' 'Rio Bravo' became every decent action movie of the past 50 years, and was itself remade twice including 'El Dorado.'

Call it something else!
There's a rich history of remakes Westerns (and the movies Westerns were remakes of), BUT YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE TITLE. 'Seven Samurai' became the 'Magnificent Seven.' 'Yojimbo' became 'For a Fistful of Dollars.' 'Sons of Katie Elder' became 'Four Brothers.' 'Rio Bravo' became every decent action movie of the past 50 years, and was itself remade twice including 'El Dorado.'

Call it something else!
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5:37PM on 05/14/2013
But that was back in the time remakes were actually remakes, aka the same story told in different pictures. Today they do the exact opposite, take the same title but tell a completely different story.
But that was back in the time remakes were actually remakes, aka the same story told in different pictures. Today they do the exact opposite, take the same title but tell a completely different story.
4:34PM on 05/14/2013

So, in other words...

...Will Smith regrets turning down "Django Unchained," and sent his agent on a mad spree to find him the Next Big Revivalist Western. Pass.
...Will Smith regrets turning down "Django Unchained," and sent his agent on a mad spree to find him the Next Big Revivalist Western. Pass.
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4:15PM on 05/14/2013
In the words of Han Solo, "I have a bad feeling about this."
In the words of Han Solo, "I have a bad feeling about this."
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4:11PM on 05/14/2013
I like Will Smith as much as the next man but if he fucks this up I'll never forgive him.
I like Will Smith as much as the next man but if he fucks this up I'll never forgive him.
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