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Some studios buy original scripts, others develop scripts from pitches, and some studios actually go through the bother of developing films from idea to production, nursing it along the way to make sure it gets everything it needs. You know, all that hard stuff. MGM, on the other hand, would rather just remake the crap out of everything they own the rights to.
With remakes of “Robocop”, “Carrie”, “Red Dawn”, “Poltergeist”, “War Games”, and “Death Wish” already on the way (or done and waiting to be release — Hello, “Red Dawn”!), the studio is now aiming their six-shooters at a remake of the Western “The Magnificent Seven”, with none other than Tom Cruise attached to star. In the Yul Brynner role, we presume.
The 1960 original was directed by John Sturges, and starred Brynner as a gunfighter who recruits six other gunslingers in the Wild West to help defend a Mexican town from bandits. Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz co-starred as the guns-for-hire, each men damaged in their own ways, some looking for a little redemption. The film’s success led to a sequel, 1966′s “Return of the Seven” (also starring Brynner), and finished off with two more sequels, each with a different leading man.
The concept even launched a TV show in 1998 starring “Terminator’s” Michael Biehn in the lead, and co-starred Eric Close (“Without a Trace”) and “The Walking Dead’s” Laurie Holden. Obviously the concept went even further than the 1960 original, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 “Seven Samurai”.
There’s no director attached to MGM’s remake of “The Magnificent Seven”, and it’s unknown if it’ll even be a Western. And although Cruise is attached in some way, it’s not a given that he’ll actually end up doing it. Apparently he’s interested and MGM is interested in his interests, and that’s about it. But the take from all this? MGM is remaking yet another title from their library.
This latest take on the concept is not to be mistaken with the Weinstein’s long gestating remake of “Seven Samurai”, which would have turned the Samurais/cowboys into modern-day mercenaries. That film currently has “The Tournament’s” Scott Mann attached to direct, though it’s been a year since that announcement and we’ve heard nothing from the film since, so who knows if it’s even still happening.
Via : Variety