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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.