The Tournament’s Scott Mann to Direct Seven Samurai Remake

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The Weinstein Company has officially tapped Scott Mann, director of the 2009 actioner “The Tournament” (starring Kelly Hu and Ving Rhames — you can read my review of it here), to direct their “Seven Samurai” remake that they’ve been cooking up for the last few years.

More recently, John Fusco (“Young Guns”, “The Forbidden Kingdom”) had written a script, a modern interpretation of the Akira Kurosawa classic, which would envision the Samurais as mercenaries protecting a Thai village from impending invasion by baddies. Essentially, “The Expendables”. Now I have no idea how is it that, in this day and age, there are still Thai villages in need of saving that the Thai Government can’t supply the saving, but hey, I guess we’ll see.

For those who don’t know, “Seven Samurai” has been remade plenty of times, most notably as a Western in John Sturges’ fantastic “The Magnificent Seven” with Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, and less notably in the 1980 Roger Corman sci-fi “Battle Beyond the Stars”. So no, this won’t be the first time, and I doubt if it’ll be the last. That’s what makes a great story, after all; it stands the test of time, and can stand being “re-invented” again and again.

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  • Baddog

    I still have the first criterion collection release on dvd still unopened. For some odd reason I am going to keep it that way.

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

    I dunno about this. Simply updating the story with mercs makes it exactly what Nix said, “Expendables” in Thailand. I think they should go post apocalyptic (I know, I know) but throw in some twists, like there was a special warrior class who lived by the code of Bushido and took the name Samurai durring the last war, and now they roam the land, blah blah blah. LOL. Then the story pretty much follows the original, with seven “samurai” being hired to protect a village from (mutant) raiders. “Samurai 7″ was a steampunk reimagining of the story in anime form and was awesome.

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

      For a better idea of what i was talking about for my vision, picture the world of”Priest” but now take out vampires, and the whole church thing. The “Priests” would be the “Samurais” and the vamps would be the mutant raiders (think the redneck mutants from “Judge Dredd” but not rednecks) and you pretty much have it.