Seven Samurai Remake is About Mercs, a Thai Village, and Machineguns

The Weinsteins are remaking Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai”. Yes, that statement should give you shudders. The Weinsteins don’t exactly have a good track record of handling current Asian films, so why would anyone in their right mind give them the rights to a Kurosawa classic to remake? I know, I know, this thing has “travesty” written all over it. But consider this: John Sturges remade the film in 1960 with cowboys in “The Magnificent Seven”, and anyone who loves Westerns would be hardpressed to argue that it is NOT one of the best Westerns of all time. And now screenwriter John Fusco has talked about the “Seven Samurai” remake for the Weinsteins, and you know what? I could dig it.

Here’s what Fusco told Geeks of Doom:

“I would never be crazy enough to attempt to write a remake of one of the greatest films of all time… It is simply a re-imagining.”

Ugh. “Re-imagining”. I hate that buzzword. Really, it’s right up there next to “Go Green” as two of the most insipid words in the American zeitgeist at the moment.

Fusco continues, and this is where I start to dig his version of the “Seven Samurai”:

Fusco’s re-imagining will also nix the samurai in favor of a modern-day tale of Blackwater-like paramilitary contractors defending a Northern Thailand town from an imminent attack.

Fusco, whose screenplays include the The Young Guns movies, Hidalgo, and the recent Jackie Chan/Jet Li flick The Forbidden Kingdom, explained that his Seven screenplay is more of a “contemporary exploration of the classic round-up movie and the idea of masterless warriors.”

“The “round up” idea goes back to the Greek classic Seven Against Thebes, which inspired the great Kurosawa to create The Seven Samurai, which inspired The Magnificent Seven,” Fusco said. “I wish we could just call it a remake of Seven Against Thebes.

Kinda sounds like the recent “Rambo” movie, minus Rambo, right?

To sum it up: he’s not REMAKING “Seven Samurai”, he’s just using the premise for another movie. That’s nothing new, because that’s pretty much what a lot of movies are nowadays — different versions of the same story, with new cast and setting.

Of course, there’s no need for the Weinsteins to go around claiming that this movie is a remake of “Seven Samurai”, right? Besides to get the added publicity — and rile up fans of Kurosawa’s original, that is. That’s the Weinsteins for ya, always eliciting bad publicity for absolutely no reason.

Below: the Seven Samurai are relieved that this upcoming “remake” isn’t a remake at all.

Seven Samurai Remake



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  • Shadedpast

    I don’t know but the last time I thought about it, a re-make is basically taking the idea and changing it to fit a person.

    In a way, what the Weinsteins are doing is a remake.
    Nobody and I mean NOBODY even the most talented scriptwriters and directors should NEVER EVER TOUCH THIS MOVIE. Or in fact any of Kurosawa’s movies.

    Kurosawa’s movies have a special touch to them that make you feel sorry for the people involved, makes you cry more when a person dies, whether it be the other side. His way of storytelling is one of the best there is.

    Seven Samurai wasn’t an action flick.
    It was about the emotion and the chivalry of what the Samurai’s had. The Bushido code and such.

    What do Mercs have that Samurai’s have? Nothing.
    Machine guns? The sword was a symbol for everyone in Seven Samurai.
    Nobody should even trying to do a remake.
    And a re-imagining is a re-make.
    Re and make are two words that when used means to make something that had been made before.
    Whether the concept, the theme, or the storyline.
    It is still a remake and it should be stopped.

  • Shadedpast

    I don’t know but the last time I thought about it, a re-make is basically taking the idea and changing it to fit a person.

    In a way, what the Weinsteins are doing is a remake.
    Nobody and I mean NOBODY even the most talented scriptwriters and directors should NEVER EVER TOUCH THIS MOVIE. Or in fact any of Kurosawa’s movies.

    Kurosawa’s movies have a special touch to them that make you feel sorry for the people involved, makes you cry more when a person dies, whether it be the other side. His way of storytelling is one of the best there is.

    Seven Samurai wasn’t an action flick.
    It was about the emotion and the chivalry of what the Samurai’s had. The Bushido code and such.

    What do Mercs have that Samurai’s have? Nothing.
    Machine guns? The sword was a symbol for everyone in Seven Samurai.
    Nobody should even trying to do a remake.
    And a re-imagining is a re-make.
    Re and make are two words that when used means to make something that had been made before.
    Whether the concept, the theme, or the storyline.
    It is still a remake and it should be stopped.

  • ManS225

    I liked your comment (Shade) til about halfway. From there, it went from something insightful to something irritating in a heartbeat. Warriors are warriors; and if the theme of the Seven Samurai is being utilized then obviously there will be similarities between mercenaries and these samurai. For one, neither have anything, which is actually the point for these MERCENARIES to be compared to RONIN-samurai.In a world where you only have your gun and your wit (skill, and will to survive) to save you, it poses, even a little, likeness to that of a samurai and his soul (his sword).

    Talented writers will be able to find ways to make both movies relate to each other in the most epic way. The seven mercs. unite for a common purpose to protect a third-world village instead of fighting for their own greed. They’ll risk their lives for their battle, and the rest will unfold as such. I understand what you’re saying, i really do, but you have to give a chance and believe that they won’t ruin a movie like this. They already publicly said it was a “remake,” so people will immediately compare the two, which means that they’ll be embarrassed should they fail. It IS a re-imagining; they’re only copying a plot, not the story in its entirety (CHARACTERS, etc…).

  • ManS225

    I liked your comment (Shade) til about halfway. From there, it went from something insightful to something irritating in a heartbeat. Warriors are warriors; and if the theme of the Seven Samurai is being utilized then obviously there will be similarities between mercenaries and these samurai. For one, neither have anything, which is actually the point for these MERCENARIES to be compared to RONIN-samurai.In a world where you only have your gun and your wit (skill, and will to survive) to save you, it poses, even a little, likeness to that of a samurai and his soul (his sword).

    Talented writers will be able to find ways to make both movies relate to each other in the most epic way. The seven mercs. unite for a common purpose to protect a third-world village instead of fighting for their own greed. They’ll risk their lives for their battle, and the rest will unfold as such. I understand what you’re saying, i really do, but you have to give a chance and believe that they won’t ruin a movie like this. They already publicly said it was a “remake,” so people will immediately compare the two, which means that they’ll be embarrassed should they fail. It IS a re-imagining; they’re only copying a plot, not the story in its entirety (CHARACTERS, etc…).

  • Django_Jetson

    I think this reeks. I had a hard time swallowing the idea of a steam-punk anime version (Samurai 7), and although I ended up enjoying it (it strayed little from the original concept), it too should never have been made. Some films should not be touched.
    A mercenary is a professional soldier hired by a foreign army, as opposed to a soldier enlisted in the armed forces of a sovereign state. He takes part in armed conflict on many different scales, and is “motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party”.
    Does that sound like the honorable ronin of Seven Samurai? NO! This makes no sense. When is this shameless trend of remaking classics going to end!? If a film-maker is out of (or in-fact never had) ideas, then he or she should STOP MAKING FILMS! It is selfish to continue butchering good movies because you aren’t capable of novel ideas! MAKE IT END!

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      I loved Samurai 7, but I agree this sounds bad. A better idea would be something closer to Samurai 7, but without all the giant robots. I’m thinking something like a post-apocolyptic version, or a space version. If the world/universe is more like Firelfy/Serenity/Cowboy Beebop than Star Wars or Star Trek it could easily work. Where you’d have seven warriors(all sword or blade wielding) against some dictator sending bandits to raid farm villages. Just a thought. Won’t happen though we’ll get the mindless crap they put out. this idea is as bad as a remake of “Enter The Dragon.”

  • Django_Jetson

    I think this reeks. I had a hard time swallowing the idea of a steam-punk anime version (Samurai 7), and although I ended up enjoying it (it strayed little from the original concept), it too should never have been made. Some films should not be touched.
    A mercenary is a professional soldier hired by a foreign army, as opposed to a soldier enlisted in the armed forces of a sovereign state. He takes part in armed conflict on many different scales, and is “motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party”.
    Does that sound like the honorable ronin of Seven Samurai? NO! This makes no sense. When is this shameless trend of remaking classics going to end!? If a film-maker is out of (or in-fact never had) ideas, then he or she should STOP MAKING FILMS! It is selfish to continue butchering good movies because you aren’t capable of novel ideas! MAKE IT END!

    • Dedpool

      I loved Samurai 7, but I agree this sounds bad. A better idea would be something closer to Samurai 7, but without all the giant robots. I’m thinking something like a post-apocolyptic version, or a space version. If the world/universe is more like Firelfy/Serenity/Cowboy Beebop than Star Wars or Star Trek it could easily work. Where you’d have seven warriors(all sword or blade wielding) against some dictator sending bandits to raid farm villages. Just a thought. Won’t happen though we’ll get the mindless crap they put out. this idea is as bad as a remake of “Enter The Dragon.”

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    John Rambo

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    John Rambo