Will Smith May Star in The Wild Bunch Remake (Which Doesn’t Sound Like the Wild Bunch at All)

Will Smith in Wild Wild West (1999) Movie Image

Apparently no one at Warner Bros. has actually seen Sam Peckinpah’s bloody 1969 Western “The Wild Bunch”, because I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about when they say they’re remaking “The Wild Bunch” and I hear the storyline they’re putting out there. Or did the original film had a DEA agent in there somewhere that I must have missed?

The Wild Bunch (1969) Movie PosterThe big news about Warner’s proposed remake of “The Wild Bunch” has Will Smith actually being in talks to star and produce the film, which we’re told will “follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a team to go after a Mexican drug lord and his fortune.”

That, uh, sounds nothing like the Peckinpah film. The film is apparently a “modern remake”. Yeah, no shit.

So is this actually a remake of the Western and not some kind of misunderstanding? Apparently yeah, it is a remake of the 1969 movie, and David Ayer has been hired to tackle the script. Originally, the late Tony Scott had teamed up with Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) to pen a draft, but Scott passed away when the writing was only halfway done. Ayer is coming off “End of Watch” and has “Ten” up next with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Again, though, I have no idea why they insist on calling this a remake of “The Wild Bunch”, cause it sure as hell don’t sound even remotely like the same movie.

Smith, as you’ll recall, has been in a Western before. Well, sort of. He starred in the ludicrous fantasy “Western” called “Wild Wild West”. That one, uh, had a giant mechanical spider in it. That was kinda cool, I guess. (If you’re 8-years old…)

By the way, remember when Will Smith also used to be a rapper? I’d almost forgotten about that.

Via : The Wrap



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

    If you think about it it really is a remake. Like they said a modern retelling. It’s like taking “Treasure Island” and turning it into “Treasure Planet” or the anime retelling of Alexander the great in “Reign: The Conqueror.” That said they have significantly changed the story. I will go out on a limb and say it’s cause Big Willie won’t play a bad guy. Even amdisgraced DEA agent is still former law enforcement. He’s not gonna play a bank robber, PLUS there are a lot of one last score flicks out there. Smith’s character sounds like they mixed the Pike and Deke characters to create something a bit more mainstream and less ambiguous. Sadly I would’ve rather seen him just play Deke’s character straight up and had Josh Brolin play Pike and boom instant chenistry.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Once you remove the original’s premise, there is no remake.

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

        Okay you have me there. I was thinking along the lines of moving a few things arounf but you are absolutely correct.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          Yes, I win!

  • ErickKwon

    Caveat: “The Wild Bunch” is easily one of my favorite Westerns of all time, so…

    First of all, unofficial Sam Peckinpah disciple Walter Hill already made the thematic remake of this in the form of “Extreme Prejudice.”

    Second, along the lines of “Blazing Saddles” or “Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia”, the original “Wild Bunch” is so insanely politically incorrect that a legit remake just wouldn’t work today, yet that crudeness/extremism is what makes it so special. And it certainly won’t be able to get away with the trademark bloodbath shootey “beautiful” violence that honestly sticks with me more than anything else about the majority of Peckinpah’s work. The remake’s plot sounds more like “Bad Boys 3″ (which I’m still waiting for) and I just don’t see a movie starring Smith getting dirty and as nihilistic as a proper “Bunch” remake needs to be.

    And third, since I saw the original back as a teenager when I had delusions of one day becoming a screenwriter, I actually put to paper a brief synopsis for a prequel that would follow teenaged Pike Bishop and Deke Thornton as they join up in grizzled Civil War-vet Freddie Sykes’ gang, ultimately become his top lieutenants while developing a less than healthy rivalry for control of the Bunch, and ending with the arrest of Thornton. When I got around to watching “Extreme Prejudice”, I adjusted the synopsis as a modernized prequel where teen Pike and Deke joined up with ‘Nam vet Sykes in West Texas. Yeah, I had a bit of an imagination back then.

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

      Shouldn’t have let it go man. Sounds good. And yeah the remake does sound like it could be BB3 or throw in some cars and its another F&F flick. But they should make it like the druglord is his former partner that actually had him framed in an attempt to force him into the business because he couldn’t risk him ever rolling on him. Instead it pisses him of and he assembles a team of people he put away to go get his former partner’s money.