Rumors of a “Wild Bunch” remake by Warner Bros. surfaced earlier this year, but nothing has happened yet so you might have thought that the Peckinpah Western classic might have been safe. Oh, how wrong you were.
The latest news from the remake front has former “Top Gun” and currently ADD-visually handicapped director Tony Scott in talks with Warner Bros. to helm the remake.
Scott has some good movies in his filmography. “Top Gun”, “Crimson Tide”, and “Man on Fire” are all pretty darn good movies. But lately it seems like Scott chooses projects that absolutely no one cares to see, but he insists on making. Did anyone actually watch that remake of “The Taking of Pelham 123”? Or “Unstoppable”? Not many, I would wager.
In any case, I guess it comes as no surprise that “The Wild Bunch” is being remade. After all, someone has already remade Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs”, and as the saying goes, Hollywood doesn’t make a lot of original movies anymore. You only have yourselves to blame, to be perfectly honest. Maybe Scott can get Denzel Washington to star. God knows they seem to really love working together.
Peckinpah’s 1969 movie “The Wild Bunch” traced the last days of an aging outlaw gang as they make their escape into Mexico, where they discover that it’s not all roses and senoritas, and ends up, as Quentin Tarantino one remarked, killing “half of Mexico” in a blaze of glory. Yup, it’s an inspiration tale.